How I Use It
I use it daily in small groups, you can monitor and watch your students succeed, while reading. They enjoy the challenge of it. I use it during my class' intervention time to encourage my struggling readers. It was quite simple to set up, I simply created a roster of all of my students. I assigned them their specific reading level. This was an affordable way for me to really allow my students access to hundreds of books, while not having to search for bargains to add to my classroom library. I consistently use the running record feature also in my classroom. I like that my students can scroll through hundreds of books for something that is specific to their interest or preference. I had a student who was particularly interested in polar bears but did not have time to find one in our library, he simply hopped on Raz Kids and had a book about his interest in a matter of minutes, and completely did this all on his own! I also have used my access to Raz Kids while teaching a unit on non-fiction writing. My partner teacher and I were looking for a good book to use for introducing key words and sentences. I logged in to this and had it up on my SMART Board for my entire class to see, while conducting a lesson on key words. This is an app that it would be hard to teach without!
This app is one that my students beg me to do. I currently use it in a small group setting and it is engaging for my students. It allows kids to choose a book at their specific reading level and challenges them with the amount of a reward that they earn for completing and answering questions about what they read. Some of my favorite features about Raz Kids is that students have a lot of choice in this app, and that really empowers them, while they are learning and developing their reading. They have the choice if they want to read the story aloud, listen to it first, or silent read. Most of my students who are struggling readers, choose to listen to it before trying to read it. This really helps to build their fluency. Once familiar with the story, it seems to flow much more naturally for them. I really like that there are non-fiction and fiction stories, that reinforce classroom learning. I have seen great growth in my students comprehension because of Raz Kids.