Important Library Info
Things you need to know about the BES Library.
Extra AR Testing Times
Color Levels and Why They Are Important
While I believe that it is important for students to read things they are excited about, often students hear about a book that others are talking about and want to read it even though it is really too hard for them at the current time. With parent help, these books can sometimes be ok, but often times students won't ask for help. This is why all students are informed of color levels that are most appropriate for them. It helps them to pick out books that are a good fit. The levels are determined by STAR tests that students take at least four times per year. How can they move up to a harder color? Practice, practice, practice. For your information, here are what the color levels mean that are found on the spine of BES Library books. To understand what these numbers mean, here's an example: 1.4 means that a child is reading the equivalancy of what a student in the fourth month of first grade should be reading.
- Pink: 0.0-1.5
- Orange: 1.6-2.5
- Yellow: 2.6-3.5
- Green: 3.6-4.5
- Blue: 4.6-5.5
- Purple: 5.6 and up
It should also always be considered that even if your student has a very high reading level, they may not be ready to read things on that level. For instance, a 4th grader might have a reading level range from 5.5-8.5, but they shouldn't be restricted from reading things that are on a 4th grade level because that is what they are interested in. In turn, they shouldn't be expected to read above a certain level that would be of interest to them. Being pushed to read things that are above their interest level or their reading level can cause students to become very discouraged.
Set aside a few minutes each night to have your students read and be sure to let them see you reading too! Kids who see their parents reading are often inspired to read themselves. Research shows that kids who read at least 20 minutes per day perform better in school.
Having the Right Book Makes a World of Difference
Finding Out if a Book is AR
I know many of you have tons of books at home that your students have purchased during the book fair, gotten as gifts, etc. If you have ever wondered whether or not those books are AR, there's an easy way to find out. Use the website below and you can easily find out the reading level, quiz number and point value of all the books on their bookshelves.
Go to www.arbookfind.com to look them up!
Be sure to write down the quiz numbers for any that they may need to test on because that is much easier than trying to type in the title of each book.