Accelerated Reader

ACCELERATED READER (A. R.)

**Students will be given their points goal in the first week of school and must reach their point goal by the end of the marking period.  I will check in with them frequently to be sure they are staying on track, but it is the student’s responsibility to reach his or her goal by the end of the marking period.

 A.R. books can be checked out from the school library. However, I strongly encourage you to bring in books from home or from the public library as well! E-readers, Kindles, Nooks, etc. are permitted as well. You can check on the AR level and point value for any book at www.arbookfind.com. Please check with me regarding any book’s AR level if you are unsure of it. 


A.R. Requirements & Guidelines

  • Book Level ~ Students should be reading near the middle of their STAR range, which will be given to them in the first week of school.  Students should not be reading at the lower end of their STAR range for an entire marking period.  Students should try to challenge themselves by reading towards the upper half of their STAR range.  At the end of the marking period, I will be looking at their average reading level for that marking period and it should be somewhere in the middle to upper half of their range.  Book level averages for the marking period will show on their most recent AR quiz.  If students are unsure that the book level they have chosen may be too low, they should check with me first. PLEASE do not wait until after the book has been read if there is any question! 

  • Point Value ~ Only ONE  book per marking period can be 2 points or less.  The rest of the books should be 3 points or higher.

     

  • AR Tests ~ Tests must be completed in my classroom and shown to me if I am available.  Tests are placed in the labeled AR tray. 

     

  • Tests will be sent home at the middle & end of each marking period for parent review and signature.

  • Students may submit up to five AR tests for grades.  It is not a requirement that five AR tests are submitted; many students may reach their goal with fewer books.  The main requirement is meeting one’s AR goal; therefore, submitting fewer than five AR scores will NOT affect their grade in a negative way as long as the point goal was met.  A percentage grade for reaching their point goal will also be given.  For example, if a student’s goal is 15 points for the marking period and he or she earned 15 or more points, then he/she would receive a 100% for the AR participation grade (meeting one’s goal), along with the other separate grades for the AR tests.  If a student earned 12 points of their 15 point goal, then he/she would have earned a percentage grade of 80% for the AR participation grade.

     

  • Points earned beyond the point goal WILL NOT carry over to the next marking period.  However, students who read extra books can have them considered as extra credit; higher scores would replace lower scores for comparable books.  Students can also read extra books during the marking period to earn more AR points.

     

  • Students are required to take at least one AR Vocabulary Test per marking period.  It is a student’s choice as to which book he or she would like to attempt for the vocabulary test score.  Also – if students receive a low vocabulary score, they can try again with another vocabulary test on a different book.  Each student’s highest score achieved on the vocabulary test will be the one counted for the marking period.

     

  • I encourage students to earn as many points as possible during the school year!  Students are encouraged to reach goals of 100 points or higher by the end of the school year for special recognition!

 

Students will receive special rewards at the end of each marking period if they have made their goals!  Also, there is an end of the year 6th Grade AR Picnic!  Students must make their goal 3 out of 4 marking periods in order to attend the end of the year AR picnic!

 

 **Please remember that these are guidelines for 6th grade AR, but student ability and other special circumstances may alter these guidelines for some students.  Some exceptions may have to be made to better meet the needs of students.

              If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask!  Thank you for your effort and dedication!!

Mrs. Nance

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