Each nine weeks, the students need to complete 10 Accelerated
Reader points (just 7 points the first nine weeks). They do this by reading
books and taking comprehension tests on the computer. The school has a very
large selection of tests. Most tests have about 10 questions - some literal
and some inferential. It might help to have your child give you a quick
summary of the book the morning of the day he/she plans to take the test.
Computers in the classroom are open daily for taking AR tests. Library
computers are also available.
Each book is leveled by difficulty and given a point amount. A long,
difficult book is worth more points than a short, less difficult one. For
example a longer, more difficult book may be worth 5 points and if the student
correctly answers 9 out of 10 questions, he/she receives 4.5 points. A
shorter, less difficult book may be worth 1 point, so 9 out ten correct
answers earns 0.9 points. Not all shorter books are considered less difficult.
Encourage your child to read at his/her independent reading level, which is
slightly below the level at which they are taught. To meet the point
requirement, a child can read a longer book or several shorter ones, depending
on interest and attention span.
Books in the library and my classroom are labeled AR. When using books
from the public library or from home, the students may look up the AR level
and points awarded on the classroom computer.
Students may certainly read books that are not AR, but they must complete
at least 10 AR points each nine weeks.
One warning: tests for books that are also movies, often ask questions
that cannot be answered by just watching the movie.
Due Dates October 29 (7 points due)
January 22 (10 points due)
March 26 (10 points due)
May 28 (10 points due)
Extra points are fabulous, but they do not carry over into the next