Raz Kids is a website that contains thousands resources for reading lesson. Raz Kids helps teacher and students to access reading resources in many types of text like song books, nursery rhymes, poetry, serial books (favorite characters), Spanish books, and leveled books. Raz Kids leveled books consist of 29 reading levels to help students in increasing comprehension and fluency.
Students are able to read in their level and their interest. Leveled books which are available in Raz Kids, is standarized with Learning A-Z Text Leveling System. Besides, it also has quality check with custom software. The books are obtainable in many kinds of fiction and nonfiction genres to strengthen connections in literacy and content-area instruction.
The available leveled books support students to provide chance reading practice following each guideline of reading session. They are able to have access anytime through a computer or tablet. Raz Kids leveled books provide specific students needs. There is also self-paced assignment which guarantee students to practice in developmentally suitable books before they move up to the next reading level. It can be made by filling in a student’s level in the easy-to-use Kids A-Z Roster. Then, students can also access reading room that enable students to read with a wide diversity of books which students can choose based on their interest.
Formats of the leveled books consist of two. They are listen ebook and read ebook. Listen ebook enables students to listen models of fluency which have natural voice with highlighting words, phrases and sentences as they read the text. In lower level, the listen ebooks provide interesting animation and sound effects. Whereas, read ebooks enable students to read silently, whisper read, or record their reading with their headset or their computer’s microphone and built-in record recording tools of Raz Kids. Students are able to send their practice recordings to Kids A-Z In so teacher is able to check their fluency progress. Teachers can download and also save the recordings to their computer in mp3 format.
By becoming a member, students and teachers can access the books on Raz Kids in printable version and thousand of other digital and print books to support reading instruction. Raz Kids leveled books start from aa to Z2 level. The level is adjusted to the age of students and the grade of students. For example, grade aa is suitable for children in 4-6 ages or grade K (Kindergarten). Some books that are available for that level in nonfiction such as Big, The Garden, Farm Animals and many more. Some books that are available for that level in fiction such as Fido Gets Dressed, My Family, The Trip and many more. Those books are arranged using Learning A-Z Learning Leveling System which uses the qualitative and quantitative leveling criteria to measure text complexity.
The criteria in leveling Raz Kids Books are:
- Count of words
- Total of different words
- Comparison of different words to total words
- Total of high-frequency words
- Comparison of high-frequency words to total words
- Total of low-frequency words to total words
- Comparison of low-frequency words to total words
- Length of sentence
- Complexity of Sentence
- Pattern of language and repetition
- Size of print, spacing, and total of words per page
- Support of illustration
- Load of concept
- Familiarity of topic
Those criteria will determine what kind of books which are suitable for certain age or grade. For more information of leveled books, you can visit www.raz-kids.com.