After a great second day in Mrs. Boucher’s class, we’re back at it again today!
Yesterday during Reading I was moseying around the classroom looking at the different types of books these brilliant kids are reading on the website RAZkids. They offer a rather broad selection of reading and it always amazes me to see what students choose to read. I listened in as Griffin read a book All About Chocolate and learned so much! Did you know that the country Switzerland consumes the most chocolate in the world? Or that chocolate has been around for over 2,000 years!? I had no idea that chocolate had been around as far back as the Mayans and Aztecs!
I really enjoyed the facts that he was sharing with me as he was reading. I was able to learn so much! Other students were reading more fictional stories while Aiden had been reading about the attack on Oklahoma City in 1995. It’s fascinating to see how much students are able to do on this one site. They can record themselves reading a passage and deliver it to Mrs. Boucher’s basket for her to listen to. I think that’s extremely beneficial when it comes to things such as reading the punctuation. Being able to hear a recording of yourself reading can be so helpful to build off of! You can play it back and see if you are reading too fast for comprehension, or if you are skipping over the pause that comes when you see a period at the end of a sentence.
There are also quizzes for every book that they are able to take and earn stars for. The stars are like the stickers that I used to receive when I was in third grade doing the Accelerated Reader program. It wasn’t quite as high-tech as RAZKids, but still great. Students are able to buy a RAZRocket with their stars or aliens and shelf items to add to their personal site as well. What a website!
All the students are back on RAZKids now, so I better get going and see what more the site has to offer!