How I Use It
Students often use RAZ Kids as a center, during free choice and at home. After creating a class roster, I assigned a reading level to each student. Students progress through the level as they read books and take comprehension quizzes. They feel a boost of confidence as they track their progress and reading level growth. Furthermore, students enjoy the incentives. RAZ Kids is set up like a game through which students earn points for listening to story animations, reading books, and taking the quizzes. The more students participate, the more stars they earn and higher they move up the ranks to Fleet Admiral. They use the earned stars to “purchase” things to spruce up their Raz Rockets or customize a robot avatar.
My fellow teachers and I love the wide range of classroom report features. Reports include student reading pace, assignment progress, reading level progress, the breakdown of the skills on each quiz, among other reports. Students are excited to have the opportunity to record their themselves reading to practice fluency. I am able to listen to the student’s recordings at any time. Students with internet access at home are motivated to read stories after school and weekends. I am able to send messages to students through the program and award bonus stars.
My students and I are huge fans of RAZ Kids. My classroom is comprised of mixed level ELLs ranging in grades K-5. I frequently hear students say, “when can we go on RAZ Kids?” RAZ Kids provides independent reading at the student’s level, grades comprehension quizzes, tracks students, and best of all motivates students. Students have the opportunity to read the stories by listening to the animation and read silently. I appreciate how the program gets students motivated to read while giving them opportunities to record their themselves reading to practice fluency.