Get Students Started

Here are a few tips to help get students off to a good start.

Technology

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, Vocabulary 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 for more detailed information.


Student Access

Students 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 Placement

  • Raz-Plus and Raz-Kids
    If you already know a student's reading level, select it when adding them to your Roster.

    If you don't know a student's reading level, select the Reading Placement Tool. Preview

    The Reading Placement Tool identifies the appropriate starting point for students using Raz-Plus or Raz-Kids through a series of adaptive reading activities. Once theyíve completed the activities, students will be leveled at one of nine entry points.

    Entry Point Level Grade Equivalent Lexile Range
    • aa
    K BR70L-10L
    • D
    1 160L-310L
    • H
    1.5 430L-530L
    • K
    2 510L-620L
    • N
    2.5 530L-810L
    • Q
    3 660L-930L
    • S
    3.5 790L-940L
    • U
    4 820L-1030L
    • X
    5 890L-1080L

    The Reading Placement Tool places students at their independent reading level for Raz-Plus or Raz-Kids practice. Learn more about levels or how to determine a studentís instructional reading level at Assessing a Studentís Level .


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 for your students. Students with Internet access outside of school should strive for even more independent reading practice. Students can practice using desktop computers, 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 & Awards

Turn on the Reading Room to motivate students with free-choice reading. You can also turn on the incentives that allow them to spend earned stars to personalize their avatar and to purchase items for their Raz Rocket. Our intermediate portal allows students to customize their learning area with different background they purchase and earn. Badges also reward students for achieving milestones and incentivize them to complete more activities.

You may disable the Reading Room, Raz Rocket, and Avatar 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.

Audio Recordings

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 making recordings.

Types of headsets include:
Plug-in USB (recommended)
Plug-in mini-jack
Wireless

Our users report success with Logitech's ClearChat headsets.