Teacher Review For Reading A-Z

Awesome resource for certain topics or skills

Tonya T.
Classroom teacher
Cox Landing Elementary School
Lesage, WV
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
I use this product when we are studying certain topics in social studies or science. I think finding paired texts with common themes, such as extinction, for example, contributes to higher level thinking. After analyzing each text through text-dependent questions and discussion in small groups, the students compare the two texts and draw conclusions about the unifying theme or idea. Also, I like to use this as a resource for special occasions. For instance, I will look for a passage on the history of Halloween with comprehension questions in October for quick skills practice. The only thing that hasn't worked that well is having to print copies for kids to work on in groups or take home. These texts are actually short books, which uses a lot of paper and ink.
My Take
I think Reading A to Z it is an excellent tool for comparing and contrasting paired texts, which aren't always easy to find on the same grade level. Also, it is engaging to have a "book" up on the Smartboard to do a whole group activity,with shared reading, highlighting, and discussing. One thing that would make it better is if students could have an account to access the material themselves. Perhaps they already do, but, to my knowledge, not at my school.