Preparing Students for Academic Success

I love how my students have become proactive using Kidbiz to meet their academic goals. When working on a research projects for science or social studies, they have used and cited various articles they searched for and found in the Kidbiz program. This program is amazing and I have had excellent results with my students and their reading lexiles.

KidBiz In Action

The Kidbiz program has been a tremendous help in my classroom.  I teach fifth grade and from the first day of school I feel like I am in a race to get them ready for middle school and thinking about college.  I use Kidbiz to initiate conversations about college and future plans.  My students know that this program will help them reach their goals.  I love how my students have become proactive using Kidbiz to meet their academic goals.  When working on a research projects for science or social studies they have used and cited various articles they searched for and found in the Kidbiz program. This program is amazing and I have had excellent results with my students and their reading lexiles. 

Here are some of my best tips:

Make it a priority

This program will help your students tremendously! I set aside time each week for students to read and complete activities. If it is important to you, it will be important to them.

Model

When I introduce the Kidbiz program to my class, I walk them through the first article as a whole group on the Smartboard. We take the poll, read the article, summarize or ask questions at each paragraph break, answer the activity questions, and complete the thought questions.

Motivate

I offer a variety of prizes for Kidbiz. I have my own version of the Achieve3000 contests and give weekly prizes for successfully completing activities with a score of 75% or above. At the end of each month, I reward students with at least four activities of 88% or above with a lunch bunch with me. At the end of the 9 Weeks grading period, I award students with a 30 minute extra recess for completing at least one weekly test of 75% or above. We have a Fifth Grade Banquet at the end of the school year and a special award is given to the top point earners and the student with the highest Lexile growth.

I am a huge fan of this program.  It has helped my students become successful readers and focus on necessary skills that will help them in college.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Story by Tonya Harper

5th Grade Teacher, Malden Elementary School, Kanawha County Schools

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