Using Reading Plus at Home
How Reading Plus Can Be Used to Support Remote Instruction
Students and educators can easily log in to Reading Plus on any compatible device with Internet access. Below are resources on how to assist students using Reading Plus remotely.
Resources for Parent Engagement
Share the Parent/Student Letter with the parent or guardian of each of your students so that they will have all of the information they will need to log in at home. Generate the personalized Parent/Student Letter from the Student Overview page for each student within your Management System.
Encourage parents to engage with their children’s use of Reading Plus. For ideas on support and encouragement at home, click the Parents button in the upper right corner of the Student Dashboard.
Educator Communication and Real-Time Alerts
Check your Alerts tile to see if any students need your attention and support. Remember to release Holds so that students are not prevented from working in the Reading component. Refer to this document for step-by-step instructions on responding to Alerts and monitoring weekly data from your Assignments Panel.
Communicate directly with your students through the in-app messenger: Just click the message or checkmark icon to the left of a student’s name to message the student. Click the message icon at the top of the column to send the same message to your whole class.
Assign Writing lessons by messaging your student(s) in the Management System. Click here to learn how students and teachers access the Writing portal.
Extensive Reporting and Teaching Tools
The Assignments Panel provides an efficient and effective way for teachers to check students' completed work as they work from home. The Reading Plus Management System shows who is doing his or her work, who is not, and who needs additional support or remediation.
Teachers can assign struggling students a Skills Coach tutorial video by copying and pasting the link as an assignment in an online learning platform and uploading the Skills Practice Worksheet that corresponds with it. If you do not have an online learning platform, you could email the Skills Coach link and corresponding Skills Practice Worksheet to students as an assignment.
Virtual Motivation Ideas to Use with Reading Plus
Teachers can utilize class- and student-level messaging to motivate and coach students as they complete their lessons and earn comprehension scores of 80% or higher. Click here to learn how to use your Assignments Panel to track assignment completion and message students.
Plan Your Week
- At the start of each week, message your entire class regarding that week’s Reading lesson goal.
- Hold students accountable by recording a Reading Plus grade for ELA or RTI, using the Class Assignments Report. Note that you will need to click Report Options to Show Suggested Grades, then scroll to see the right-most Grades column. (See Page 2 of the Class Assignments Report Overview for instructions).
- Use the Class Leaderboard Report to recognize top-performing students in different categories from week to week. Note that you can click on a column header to sort by your chosen data point:
- Most lessons completed with 80% or higher comprehension (# Reading Lessons 80%+ column)
- Most words read with 80% or higher comprehension (Total Words Read 80%+)
- Highest comprehension average (Avg Comp)
- Greatest rate gain (Rate Gain)
- Greatest level gain (Level Gain)
Challenges & Collaboration
- Combo Contests: Create a challenge to see which student can earn the most Combos each week. Announce the top contenders daily, based on the Current Week view of the Class Leaderboard Report. Weekly winners get a Combo snack or a different prize or award when they return to school. Note: Use the Time Period filter on the Class Leaderboard Report to view data for the current week.
- 50,000+ Words Challenge: Challenge students to read at least 50,000 Words in Reading Plus! Offer huge kudos to students who read 100,000 words. Winners get a prize or award when they return to school.
- Skills Coach Collaboration: Invite collaboration between students as they review the Skills Coach tutorials and complete Skills Practice Worksheets. Assign pairs of students who are able to work together virtually. Create a challenge to complete one Skills Practice Worksheet in each of the nine Anchor Skills and earn a score of 80% or higher. Click here to access a complete list of all Skills Coach tutorials and all Skills Practice Worksheets for every Anchor Skill. Note that Answer Keys can be found on the Learn Site page for each Anchor Skill.
- Role-Play: Challenge students to read a nonfiction selection on Reading Plus and then create a character on the basis of that selection. Have the student create a video of the student in character giving a speech, creating an art piece, or singing a song to retell the story.
- Word Master Challenge: Encourage students to master as many words as they can on a weekly basis by completing their Vocabulary lessons. The student who has mastered the most vocabulary words will earn a homework pass or other prize when they return to school. Click here to review the rules of the game for the Vocabulary component.
- Reading Reflection: Have students choose one Writing assignment to complete every week. The Writing component will automatically generate a text-based Writing prompt every time the student earns a comprehension score of 80% or higher on his or her Reading selection. Click here to review how students and teachers access the Writing portal.
- Interest Category Challenge: Challenge students to read widely across the eight interest categories. Allow them to fill in a square on the Interest Category Bingo Sheet every time they earn a comprehension score of 80% or higher on a selection in that interest category. Celebrate when a student has successfully completed "blackout" on his or her card!
Ideas for Student Incentives
Incentives for when students return to school:
- Pizza party
- Ice cream social
- Afternoon outside that includes games and social time
- Tickets to activities and school events
Vocabulary Practice Crossword Puzzles
Looking for a fun activity students can complete independently or with their family? Here are sets of engaging crossword puzzles organized by reading levels.