Reading Programs

BEST FOOT FORWARD (BFF)
Best Foot Forward (BFF) is a voluntary reading program sponsored by the PTA and available to all 1st thru 5th grade students.  Each student can check out one book daily, read it, and return the next day to have a BFF volunteer ask them five or six questions to test their comprehension of the book.  Students who correctly answer a majority of the questions will receive 1 point per book. Books at the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade level that have 80 to 175 pages earn 2 points, and books 176 pages or more earn 3 points. Every 10 points, the student receives a gift certificate to a local restaurant or activity and a small prize. Students who read 100 books (or earn 100 points) by the last day of BFF will be awarded a gold medal at a school assembly. In additional to encourage reading, this gives our students the chance to practice social skills by interacting with our volunteers. (Beginning this year, some kindergarten students will be able to participate.)
 
BFF Hours:
Monday: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM and 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM and 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM and 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Friday: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM and 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Note From the Chairperson 
Dear Parents,
Best Foot Forward (BFF) is a wonderful volunteer staffed program that encourages our students to read.  Last year our students read over 14,000 books!  We need a lot of parent, grandparent, aunt and uncle volunteers to help test our students. Please consider helping this year.

I also want to mention that we gratefully accept all donations of gently used books.

For more information, please contact:

                                                                Bridget Furiga at 818-515-3275
 or by email at  gimsllc@verizon.net


ACCELERATED READER
What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer.

 

How does the school determine my child’s reading level?

Teachers use a computerized reading assessment that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 15 minutes.

What is a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)?

ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Your child will receive a ZPD range after taking a diagnostic reading test,

What is a book level?

Book levels are reported using a readability formula and represent the difficulty of the text. For example, a book level of 4.5 means that the text could likely be read by a student whose reading skills are at the level of a typical fourth grader during the fifth month of school.

What are points?

Every book that has an AR Reading Practice Quiz is given a point value. AR points are computed based on the difficulty of the book (readability level) and the length of the book (number of words).

How can I help my child find books that are interesting to him?

Visit arbookfind.com and click on Advanced Search. By conducting an advanced search, you can generate book lists that contain titles based on the criteria you enter such as book level, topic, interest level, fiction/nonfiction, etc.

 

How are AR books marked in the school and classroom library?

AR books are marked with color-coded sticker on the spine of the book. Moffett library books also have a label on the back cover with the quiz number, book level and points.