Raz-Kids.com features a wide variety of interactive e-books. n. Raz-Kids is an online program where students read or listen to books and have the option of recording themselves reading the book so teachers, students, and parents can listen for fluency. As students read books at their reading level and improve reading fluency and comprehension, they are given more challenging books to read. Teachers will be provided with assistance in setting up and managing their Raz-Kids account. Students will be given two half hour sessions in the computer lab once a week to use Raz-Kids. The students will also be provided with information for accessing the program at home. Students participating in the program will have their
RIT scores on the MAP assessment reviewed to see if they improve each trimester at a rate greater than those not using Raz-Kids. In order for students to become proficient readers, they need to read books at their independent reading level, hear fluent readings as well as be instructed in materials at their instructional level. Teachers who subscribe to Raz-Kids are given an account to set up each student in their class with log-on information, a password, and a starting reading level for each child. When students enter the program they are given a wide range of stories at that reading level. Students are able to choose books that they are interested in so they can be excited about reading. First, the student listens to the book on the computer being read to them using correct fluency. The teacher is also able to read many reports on the success and challenges the students are having. Reports show how often a child logged onto Raz-Kids, how many books where read, and how he/she scored on the quizzes. The goal of integrating the reading program, Raz-Kids, into instruction is to improve students’ reading abilities while promoting reading at the students’ appropriate reading level.