Reading A-Z provides a wealth of leveled PreK-6 resources that can be customized for any Special Education learning environment—from full-class and small-group instruction to individual practice and one-to-one intervention.
Three keys to any successful Special Education program are matching resources to a student's developmental level, providing opportunities for practice with a purpose, and providing motivation and feedback.
Why Reading A-Z for Special Education
Reading A-Z's 29 levels of reading difficulty and its vast collection of resources ensure that matching students with specific resources to help them is easy. Tools for assessment and student motivation improve performance among students with special learning needs.
How to Use Reading A-Z for Special Education
- Browse our Resources menu for a variety of books and other resources with lesson plans and support materials for group or individual practice.
- Use our Assessment tools to identify areas of improvement and success.
- Have students track their own progress with graphs for certain foundational skills.
- Our cards and certificates in Student Rewards & Incentives give you options for rewarding reading progress.
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- Students listen, read, and take quizzes on developmentally appropriate books.
- Digital eBook tools and features help students read closely and focus on comprehension.
- Track students' progress over time with Reports, and easily share progress with students and parents!
1 Match Resources to Students' Developmental Levels & Instructional Needs
Reading A-Z provides a vast collection of resources and a variety of ways to match those resources to student's developmental levels and instructional needs.
Assess for Placement, Progress Monitoring
- Identify the reading levels for your students with Benchmark Passages & Running Records and Benchmark Books & Running Records.
- Use Assessments for foundational skills to determine where to start students and assess their progress.
Assess to Inform Instruction
- Comprehension Quick Check Quizzes that accompany Leveled Books from levels C-Z2 help you identify skills for instruction.
- Use Assessments for foundational skills to identify areas for instruction.
2 Provide Opportunities for Practice with a Purpose
Reading A-Z provides books, lessons, activity sheets, comprehension quizzes, and a variety of other resources for teaching a range of foundational skills, including Alphabet, Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and High-Frequency Words, which help teachers set different purposes for student reading.
Find Resources Using Filters, Searches, or Correlations
- Filter our Leveled Books by related resources that best meet a particular student's needs to make differentiating your instruction easy.
- Search resources by type, keyword, topic, or skill from anywhere on the site whether you are trying to match student interest or ability, or reinforcing and practicing particular comprehension or language arts skills.
- Sort the Books by Skills Chart to determine which leveled books' guided reading lessons focus on skills your students need to practice.
- Standards and Correlations provide lists of books that meet individual Common Core Standards, match skills for a select number of Reading Series, or help you meet other Curriculum Standards for your state, province, or nation.
3 Motivation & Feedback
Motivate students through choice among a vast collection of resources and share successes using various printable tools on Reading A-Z.
Motivate Through Choice & Rewards
- Students choose from among an average of 40 Leveled Books at each of 29 reading levels to find texts that match their interests.
- Reward reading practice, progress, and achievements with cards and certificates in Student Rewards & Incentives.
- For teachers who own both Reading A-Z and Raz-Kids, we provide the ultimate motivational tool—the RAZ Rocket. The RAZ Rocket provides a personalized space for students to spend stars earned after listening to, reading from, and taking quizzes on developmentally appropriate books.
Show Students Their Progress
- Measure foundational skills on provided graphs for Alphabet Letter Naming and High-Frequency Words Assessments to share progress with students.
- Discuss continued improvement with students using reading rate graphs on Fluency Timed Reading resources or Retelling Rubrics and comprehension quizzes that accompany Benchmark Passages & Running Records and Benchmark Books & Running Records.