Stupid question about library & reading levels

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  1. pwhatley

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    Okay, here I go. This will be my third year teaching 1st grade. My district does not use Fountas & Pinnell, etc., instead, we use DIBELS for screening (exclusively). How do I know at what level my students are reading? All I know is that some can and some can't, especially at the beginning of the year. I can do "progress monitoring" ala DIBELS to see how fluent they are, but have no idea how to level them. :help:
     
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  3. radteachingk

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    DRA?

    Do you have a DRA (developmental reading assessment) kit? It should have leveled books and running record forms. We use these to assess each quarter, and I use this info to choose their leveled books for guided reading. If not, you can find any leveled books and perform a running record.
     
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    nope- No DRA. I worked with it in college (I very little bit), but my district doesn't use it. :(

    What do I need to do? Try running records with leveled books starting at the lowest level & moving up until the kiddos reach their individual levels? It's frustrating, because I don't have any leveling information at all - AR, DRA, nuthin'.
     
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    Maybe you could sign up for a Reading A-Z account and print out your own benchmark leveled books to make your own little DRA-like kit. Keep a kid-copy for them to read and then type up the words on a single sheet so you can record their reading on it. I'm sure it would be time consuming, but it would probably give you some good info about your little readers.
     
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    True, radteachingk - thanks for your responses.
     
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    reading ato z

    Reading A to Z has running records and has all the words typed out. If you go to leveled reading, then to benchmark books, everything is ready for you. This is a great tool.
     
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    I'll talk to our instructional coordinator and reading specialist about reading a-z. Unfortunately, my babies need so much already that I can't afford the cost of it by myself. :(
     
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    I was also going to suggest readingatoz for their benchmarks. They are so quick and easy.
     

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