As many of you know, AR is a comprehension reading development program. As students complete books, they take a quiz and their reading levels grow. The books do not have to be from school. Almost all books have an AR level and points. It is important that students read books that are at their independent reading level (listed at the back of their reading notebook), as this independent reading helps to grow their skills. If you would like to look up the AR information for a book that does not have it in it, please go to http://www.arbookfind.com. Once there, select parent or student. Then you can enter the author or title to find the book information. Though you can read almost any book, the quizzes can only be taken at school. We have a 15-25 minute block for students to work on AR by either silently reading or taking a quiz.
I also require students to read at least one informational book a month. I make these available for many reading levels in the classroom. The "Who Was . . ." series is a very popular nonfiction series that students enjoy. Another popular information series is the "You wouldn't want to be . . ." series.