Accelerated Reader

“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance…”

Proverbs 1:5

 

God continues to bless our academy and our AR program.  Thanks to Mr. Griffey’s diligence, we have a subscription to Renaissance Place.  What does this mean for students, parents and staff?  Well, here is the exciting part; instead of only having access to the few hundred quizzes we have purchased in the past, or a few more we possibly would purchase, we now have access to over 100,000 AR quizzes.

Each student has his/her own user name and password and quizzes can be taken either in the computer lab or the classroom.  Quizzes cannot be taken outside of school and you cannot see what quizzes you have taken or individual goals.  Students and parents can access the database of quizzes anywhere they have access to the internet.

 

Here is how it works:

1 - Click on the following link www.renlearn.com/store.  Or in the address bar, type in the address and click “GO”.   This will take you to the Renaissance online store.

2 – Click on the tab for “Quiz Store”.

3 – Type in the title, author or quiz number to look for a book.  If you click on the correct book title, all the information about the book will appear.  The AR level, how many points the book is worth, and the interest level are listed in this information.

Since we are Renaissance Enterprise customers, we have access to ALL the quizzes available by the company, meaning if you can read the book, we can provide the quiz for it – if it is an Accelerated Reader book.

To search by different criteria, click “advanced search” on the right side of the screen.   A new page appears that allows you to narrow your search by entering certain criteria.  You can search for books in a particular series, or at a particular interest level.  You can even find a listing of books in a selected category (or genre).  When you print this out and take it to the library, they can help you find the book you want.  Or save yourself the time of going to the library and reserve it online.  Then all you have to do is go there to pick it up!

If you go to the library make sure to tell the librarian you have access to all the quizzes made by Accelerated Reader.

If you would like to search by BOOK LEVEL you need to click on ADVANCED SEARCHIt is located to the right of the title box on the quiz search page.  On the advanced search page you will fill in the book level range (which should be your child’s ZPD range).  Your child’s teacher will be sending that information home within the next couple of weeks.  Then you need to fill in the INTEREST LEVEL.  That will either be Lower Grades for 1st – 3rd or Middle Grades for 4 – 6 and click GO.  A list of literally thousands of books will appear that you can print for your convenience or check online whenever you wish.  Don’t worry about the “purchase quiz” part.  You will NOT be purchasing quizzes just by searching through the database.   

One thing I will caution students about is to check the author and publisher of your book and match them to the ones listed for your quiz.  Many versions of the same title are available and if you read the condensed (abridged) version of Little Women but take the quiz for the unabridged version, you will not be able to pass the quiz.  Or if the book you have is not published by one of the publishers listed there is a possibility that the questions will not match the book you read.

Another aspect of this subscription is allowing parents more of an active role in your student’s book selections. With thousands of books to choose from, your child may choose books from outside our library.  As long as there is an Accelerated Reader quiz available and the book is within your child’s interest level and ZPD range he/she may take a quiz on it.  You may feel that some of these are not appropriate for your child, and they may not be.  You will need to help your child make his/her selections.  Some of you already do this, for others this may be new.

Parents need to approve their children’s books, especially ones selected outside our academy library. Another helpful link to use at your public library is www.arbookfind.com. This sight will allow you the same information as the quiz store. Teachers will still approve many book selections, especially for book reports and students will be guided in their library searches as well.

I know this probably seems like a lot of information to take in at one time, but the classroom teachers and I are going over this information repeatedly with the students and we are all learning together.  Please feel free to ask us any questions.

Blessings,
Mrs. Palffy