Why Can't I Skip My Twenty Minutes of Reading Tonight?"

Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week.
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 each week.
Student A reads 20 minutes x 5 times a week = 100 mins. a week.
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes.

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months a school year.
Student A reads 3600 minutes a school year.
Student B reads 720 minutes a school year.

Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year. Student B get the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.
By the end of 6th grade, if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits, Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days. Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 days.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance.

How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

Some questions to ponder:

Which student would you expect to read better?

Which student would you expect to know more?

Which student would you expect to write better?

Which student would you expect to have the better vocabulary?

Which student would you expect to be more successful in school...and in life?

Which student are you?

Article borrowed from Mrs. Barth,
2nd grade teacher, Resurrection School, KY



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  1. Go to tools.
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  3. Click on the Spelling and Grammar tab.
  4. Towards the bottom of the box there will be the word readability.  Click on the empty box beside the word.

When you want to know the reading level of a book or passage you can type a paragraph into a word document.  When you are finished you can click on the ABC check.  Make the necessary corrections as you would normally.  When the check is complete another box will pop up with a ton of information about the paragraph.  This includes things such as the reading level, words in a paragraph, words in a sentence, etc.

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