Teacher Review For Raz-Kids

User-friendly independent reading (part of a larger literacy suite)

Victor K.
Piney Ridge Elementary School
Sykesville, MD
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
RAZ Kids is a significant at-home reading resource for my students who have internet access. I use the companion site, ReadingA-Z.com, for many of my guided reading lessons.
My Take
RAZ Kids is, for my money, the best paid website for elementary independent reading. I've tried other paid sites like ConnectED, as well as free services, and none of them are as user-friendly (for students AND teachers) and flexible as RAZ Kids. The books in RAZ Kids are created by their parent company, Learning A-Z, and if your supervisor is nice enough to buy you access to ReadingA-Z.com, you'll have access to printable and projectable versions of all the books, along with complete guided reading lessons, worksheets, and more. In short, it's difficult not to gush. The Graphite reviewer is right: the books don't always feature the most artful writing. But to get your screen-addicted students reading regulary at home, in a way you can track, there's nothing better.