“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance…”
God continues to bless our academy and our AR program. Thanks to Mr. Griffey’s diligence, we have a subscription to Renaissance Place. What does this mean for students, parents and staff? Well, here is the exciting part; instead of only having access to the few hundred quizzes we have purchased in the past, or a few more we possibly would purchase, we now have access to over 100,000 AR quizzes.
Each student has his/her own user name and password and quizzes can be taken either in the computer lab or the classroom. Quizzes cannot be taken outside of school and you cannot see what quizzes you have taken or individual goals. Students and parents can access the database of quizzes anywhere they have access to the internet.
Here is how it works:
1 – Click on the following link www.arbookfind.com. Or in the address bar, type in the address and click “GO”. This will take you to the AR BookFinder search page.
2 – You can search for a book by title, author or quiz number. The AR level, how many points the book is worth, and the interest level are listed in the information about each title.
Since we are Renaissance Enterprise customers, we have access to ALL the quizzes available by the company, meaning that if you have access to a book that is Accelerated Reader, you will be able to take a quiz on it, whether or not it is in our PHCA library.
To search by different criteria, click “advanced search” on the tab next to “Quick Search”. This search allows you to narrow your search by entering certain criteria. You can search for books in a particular series, or at a particular interest level. You can even find a listing of books in a selected category (or genre). When you print this out and take it to the library, they can help you find the book you want. Or save yourself the time of going to the library and reserve it online. Then all you have to do is go there to pick it up!
If you go to the library make sure to tell the librarian you have access to all the quizzes made by Accelerated Reader.
If you would like to search by BOOK LEVEL you need to click on ADVANCED SEARCH. On the advanced search page you will fill in the ATOS book level range (which should be your child’s ZPD range). You need to fill in the INTEREST LEVEL. That will either be Lower Grades for 1st – 3rd or Middle Grades for 4 – 6 and click GO. A list of books will appear that you can print for your convenience or check online whenever you wish.
One thing I will caution students about is to check the author and publisher of your book and match them to the ones listed for your quiz. Many versions of the same title are available and if you read the condensed (abridged) version of Little Women but take the quiz for the unabridged version, you will not be able to pass the quiz. Or if the book you have is not published by one of the publishers listed there is a possibility that the questions will not match the book you read.
Another aspect of this subscription is allowing parents more of an active role in your student’s book selections. With thousands of books to choose from, your child may choose books from outside our library. As long as there is an Accelerated Reader quiz available and the book is within your child’s interest level and ZPD range he/she may take a quiz on it. You may feel that some of these are not appropriate for your child, and they may not be. You will need to help your child make his/her selections. Some of you already do this, for others this may be new.
Feel free to contact me with further questions.