Preparing Students for Academic Success

I love how my students have become proactive at using KidBiz® to meet their academic goals. When working on 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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