Sunday, January 19, 2014

Creating Readers

Pershing School has made great progress towards the goal of all students reading at grade level by 3rd grade.  Over the past 3 years, we have made a 40% gain in the number of students reading at grade level in 4th and 5th grades. We have intentionally focused on choosing books that the student is able to read independently, giving them a lot of time to read in and outside of school, and providing many sources for reading.  While we have added a tremendous number of books to classroom libraries and in our school library, we also rely on licenses that we purchase especially so children can read at home on their laptops and iPads.

Reading Licenses:
myON: We have a district-wide license for this site. All the students took an assessment of their reading and interests several months ago so books are recommended to them that are at their reading level and interests. Students can read books in both English and Spanish.  Our school district was recently featured in article about our success with myON.

Bookflix: There are many great books marketed by Scholastic on this site in both English and Spanish.

RAZ Kids: Students can read leveled books in English and Spanish on this site. Students also get great benefit in having stories read to them.

Berwyn Public Library                                  

“Tumblebooks” is a great source for many great children’s books. In many cases, the illustrations are the same as in a hard copy of the book, but they are animated. A Tumblebooks subscription is very costly, but is available free for Berwyn Library patrons. Children can read the books on a laptop or an iPad or tablet. Use this link to get started.

The Berwyn Public Library has a wealth of electronic books which your child can read on an iPad or other tablet device. You need only install the app, Overdrive, in order to access the books. Our 5th grade iPad classroom uses Overdrive to read the library’s collection of e-books.  Once again, a library card number is needed to access the books.