Get Students Started
Here are a few tips to help get students off to a good start.
Make sure you have the right tools.
- Internet connection broadband is best
- Current browser
- Headset with microphone (best, but alternatively, use a microphone and speakers)
In addition to a desktop or laptop computer, make sure students using Raz-Kids, Raz-Plus, Science A-Z, or Headsprout have the right tools to access the Kids A-Z app.
- Wifi connection
- Current app from your device's app store
- Built-in microphone and speakers
See our System Requirements FAQ or our Audio Recorder FAQ for more detailed information.
Student AccessStudents access all learning resources via the Kids A-Z student-learning environment. Kids A-Z is also where you will access all your necessary student management tools like rosters, reports, and assignments.
Student PlacementCheck your Roster or Assignment pages in our easy-to-use Kids A-Z management hub to designate each student's developmental level.
You can use various assessments to help you determine where to start students. You can also use the previous year's performance or your instincts regarding students' performance to place them. This ensures that students can get started immediately.
Future data may reveal that you should adjust a student's placement.
Learning A-Z Placement Recommendations:
- Raz-Plus and Raz-Kids
Assign and score a Benchmark Assessment to find a student's instructional or independent reading level in the Learning A-Z Text Leveling System.
Independent Practice Time
You can use classroom computers or the computer lab in your school to schedule independent practice time, or have students access the Kids A-Z learning environment from any computer with an Internet connection.
Recommendations for Student Practice and Pacing:
- Raz-Plus and Raz-Kids
Provide independent reading practice in class for 15-20 minutes a day 3-4 times a week as a reasonable goal to set for your students. Students with Internet access outside of school should strive for even more independent reading practice. Students can practice using desktops, laptops, or our free Kids A-Z app for iOS or Android devices.
Send Home Information
Personalized Student Login Cards and a Letter to Parents found on the Roster page have all the log-in information that students and parents need.
Incentives & AwardsTurn on the Reading Room to motivate students with free-choice reading and turn on the Incentives that allow students to spend earned stars to personalize their Robot avatar and to purchase items for their Raz Rocket. You may disable the Reading Room, Raz Rocket, or Robot Builder for the class or an individual student if enough time is not being spent on assignments.
- Raz-Plus and Raz-Kids
Give students access to the Reading Room to motivate them with a vast collection of books they can choose to read. Students earn stars for each book read and for each book-related quiz they pass.
Provide headsets for the best sound quality and to minimize disturbance and distraction resulting from students listening to books, completing interactive lessons, responding to instructions, or from making recordings.
Types of headsets include:
Plug-in USB (recommended)
Our users report success with Logitech's ClearChat headsets.
Leveled Book Formats
Listen eBooks provide models of fluency with a natural voice and highlight words, phrases, or sentences as they are read for students to follow along. Many lower level Listen eBooks provide engaging animation and sound effects.
Read eBooks allow students to read silently, whisper read, or record their reading using a headset or their computer's microphone and our built-in recording tools. Students can send these practice recordings to your Kids A-Z In Basket so you can check their fluency progress. You can download and save the recordings to your computer as mp3s, too.
By becoming a member of Raz-Plus, you gain access to printable versions of the books on Raz-Kids as well as thousands of other digital and print resources to support reading instruction.
Leveled Book Support Resources
Worksheets and comprehension quizzes provide support for leveled books in English that are part of a student's self-paced assignment. Quizzes support many leveled books in Spanish.
Each worksheet set contains a graphic organizer featuring a specific comprehension skill. Students can fill in the printable graphic organizer as they read to help them organize their thinking and remember what they read. Other worksheets provide additional grade-appropriate language skill practice for assigned books.
Multiple-choice quizzes provide an assessment of comprehension after a student has listened to or read a book.
- Comprehension Quizzes are a fast, easy way to assess how well students comprehend their reading and are great resources for text-dependent questions.
- Multiple-choice questions encompass a range of cognitive rigor and depth of knowledge.
- Students receive feedback on how well they performed on a quiz and earn different amounts of stars for passing or perfect quizzes. (For a complete list of star awards, see Student Awards & Incentives) Students can correct or retake a quiz not passed.
- Kids A-Z Skill Reports provide information about skills each student missed on multiple-choice questions and help inform your future instruction.
- Correlations for quizzes to the Common Core State Standards provide additional information about how well your students perform according to grade-level expectations.
Raz-Plus provides instructional tools for thousands of leveled books and other resources, some of which it shares with Raz-Kids. Raz-Plus provides the ultimate combination of tools for reading instruction and practice.