According to the 2000 National Reading Panel, “There is ample evidence that one of the major differences between poor and good readers is the difference in the quantity of total time they spend reading.” Raz-Kids offers hundreds of online, animated audio books for students to practice reading anytime, anywhere. And, Teachers will be able to direct their assignments, assess their fluency and comprehension, and monitor their progress.
Types of Resources
Resources available to Raz-Kids only subscribers:
Leveled Books - Developmentally appropriate online fiction and non-fiction leveled books at 27 reading levels. Students will be able to listen to the books for modeled fluency, or read and record so you can check their performance.
Nursery Rhymes - Listening to new twists on traditional nursery rhymes exposes students to a variety of rhyme and rhythm patterns. Repetition helps them identify patterns of sounds, an important phonological awareness skill that leads to greater reading success. Nursery Rhymes are available in the On Your Own Book Room library.
Poetry Books - Bolster students' listening and reading fluency skills with professionally developed poetry books that provide opportunities to listen for and practice with pitch, intonation, and inflection. Poems with a story-like beginning, middle, and ending also help students with comprehension skills, such as sequencing events or understanding basic story elements. Poetry Books are available in the On Your Own Book Room library.
Song Books - Songs help students understand language's rhyme and rhythm in a similar way to poetry or nursery rhymes. Songs add melody and beat and support students' enjoyment of reading. Encourage students to sing along with the highlighted words in each Song Book karaoke-style. Song Books are available in the On Your Own Book Room library.
Assessments - Raz-Kids offers Benchmark Books and Benchmark Passages to assess a student’s reading level or progress. Comprehension Quizzes are also available to assess how well a student comprehends their reading and are great resources for text-dependent questions.
Additional resources available to users who have licenses to both Reading A-Z and Raz-Kids include:
Leveled Books - In addition to the robust collection of Raz-Kids online Leveled Books available to assign to students, every Reading A-Z leveled book is available electronically to student’s through the On Your Own Book Room.
Alphabet Books - Learning to recognize the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet is one of the most important first steps in learning how to read. Alphabet Books help students learn to identify and name each letter of the alphabet.
Sound Symbol Books - Support students’ learning of sound and symbol relationships with books that feature simple pictures with labels and provide reinforcement of important letter-sound correspondence for successful decoding.
Decodable Books - Provide practice and support with sounds and their corresponding symbols. After being taught phonics with lessons that are systematically organized, use direct and explicit instruction, provide blending and segmenting practice, and provide word manipulation practice from Reading A-Z, students practice what they learn by listening to and reading the Decodable eBooks available in the On Your Own Book Room.
High-Frequency Word Books - Prepare students for reading success with three sets of high-frequency word books, featuring the most commonly used words in printed text. High-Frequency Word Books introduce these common words in an easy-to-read format and target words of gradually decreasing frequency.
Read Aloud Books - Target specific sounds with Read-Aloud Books that partner well with any phonics lesson that corresponds to a particular book's target sound. Read-Aloud Books also build critical phonemic awareness skills.
Assessments – In addition to the Raz-Kids Benchmark Books, Benchmark Passages, and Comprehension Quizzes, students will have access to High-Frequency Word Assessments and Alphabet Assessments through the On Your Own Book Room.