DRA Information:

During the month of September, January (for students reading below grade level) and May, students will be assessed using the DRA2 (Developmental Reading Assessment) to find their current INSTRUCTIONAL reading level. During this assessment, students will read a passage that is timed in order to better understand their fluency and accuracy as a reader. Students will then complete a written or oral comprehension piece and then reflect on the story making real life connections as a reader. This assessment will inform teachers on areas of instruction to help your child grow in their literacy skills. 

Reading Strategies:

Prompts to ask your child if they get stuck on a word while reading:

  • Look at the picture.
  • Get your mouth ready to say the first sound.  (example - /c/ in cat)
  • Stretch out the word. (example - /c/ /a/ /t/)
  • Look for known chunks in the word. (example - /ch/ and /at/ in chat)
  • Flip the vowel sound. (example - A can say /a/ like cat or /a/ like cake)
  • What word would make sense in this sentence?

After your child reads a book ask him/her questions (encourage your child to use text evidence when answering questions) such as:

  • Who were the characters? 
  • What are some similarities and differences among two characters in the book?
  • What was the setting? Did the setting change?
  • What was the conflict/problem?
  • What was the resolution/solution?
  • What was the most important event that happened? Why?
  • What did this story make you think of?
  • What surprised you in this text?
  • What questions do you have while reading this text?



Istation updates:

Don't forget to use istation to help with reading development at home! 

Here are directions on how students can access istation from home!  Istation Directions (link)
Students have their log in cards in their agendas! Reach out to your child's classroom teacher if you need log in information.

What Is Istation? 

Istation reading is a comprehensive computer-based reading intervention program that maximizes students’ reading fluency, comprehension and retention, and academic success. its easy-to-use components work together to augment student growth.

Students automatically receive differentiated instruction and practice based on their individual needs. student progress is monitored continually through ongoing automatic assessments, and curriculum adjusts dynamically based on student performance. 



Reading Correlation Chart
Use this Reading Level Chart to better understand how the common leveling systems correlate to one another and match students to texts that can be read with success.

Choosing Developmentally Appropriate Books
This resource gives you helpful tips for picking developmentally appropriate books for your child.

Reading Aloud
Make the most out of your read aloud time with this helpful resource that gives you tips and strategies for reading aloud to children of all ages. 

Preventing the Summer Slide
Summer slide” is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. This resource gives you information and ideas on how to help prevent a summer slide.