100 Book Challenge reading workshops at school and reading at home every night ensures kindergartners enter first grade already reading.
See the Suggested Spectrum of Baskets for examples of classroom libraries by grade.
Learn about American Reading Company’s standards-based Leveling System.
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For up to 30 students
The Teacher Resource Kit provides teachers with the tools they will need to get started with 100 Book Challenge®.
The Teacher Handbook is a vital and comprehensive resource for any teacher using 100 Book Challenge. The handbook provides blackline masters, instructions for implementation of every aspect of the program, tips for addressing common concerns, detailed descriptions of the book leveling system, and materials to encourage parent participation. Spanish translations of many of the materials for students and parents are also included.
The Conference Notebook is the heart of the 100 Book Challenge standards-based formative assessment system. The teacher maintains a standards-based assessment/coaching guide appropriate to that student’s current level of reading proficiency. Teachers learn to assess, diagnose, and instruct each student using a standards-based formative assessment framework while the student reads books he or she has chosen and wants to read.
Student progress is monitored, coached, and documented as they increase their mastery of the reading standards required by state testing. All instruction is differentiated to match individual student needs and interests. Teachers learn to be diagnosticians, expert coaches, and reading friends to their students. The Conference Notebook supports both student and teacher learning through daily classroom practice.
The IRLA is a unified standard-based framework for student assessment, text leveling, curriculum, and instruction. The IRLA ensures that grade level instruction in reading is appropriately rigorous and that differentiated support effectively meets the needs of all students.
The IRLA allows educators to determine a student’s current level of reading proficiency, diagnose areas of strength and weakness, formulate an Action Plan for next steps, and track progress while becoming an expert in reading instruction and the Common Core State Standards. The IRLA includes Cold Reads and questions used to assess student proficiency with the Common Core State Standards as well as Student Practice Pages to reinforce essential skills.
Have the entire range of 100 Book Challenge Skill Cards at your fingertips! This set includes all 100 Book Challenge Skill Cards making it easy to locate the skills necessary at any reading level. The set is laminated and collated onto a ring for quick reference.
Each 15 minutes of reading practice counts as one Step. Students are expected to read for 11 Steps a week, for a minimum of 400 Steps (100 hours) per year. Teachers, administrators, and office staff, wear the weekly target number of Reading Steps around their necks. This simple gesture makes it clear that every student in the school is expected to do enough reading practice every day to get good at it. It is soon very clear which students in the school are not getting enough reading practice in time to do something about it.
ARC’s standards-based color leveling system organizes all of your leveling tools into one simple standards-based gradient that students, teachers, and parents can understand and use. The leveling poster is a handy reference defining the text characteristics at every color level and providing the correlation to other popular leveling programs.
Teachers can keep track of students’ reading milestones. This 39" × 27" colorful glossy poster has spaces for the teacher to write in the students’ names and the dates on which they reached reading milestones—from 100–600 Steps.
Tailored to the needs of students at each level of reading acquisition and color-coded to the standards-based leveling system, 100 Book Challenge Reading Skills Cards help teachers and parents identify a student’s level and teach the appropriate reading strategies for that level. The Skill Cards make explicit what each student must practice in order to move on to the next level. A set of 195 cards appropriate to four emergent reading levels are included in the Kindergarten module.
One Green (1G) and Two Green (2G) Power Word Cards allow students to practice high frequency sight words both at school and at home. Students slide the words they need to practice onto a ring and slip the ring into a plastic pouch that attaches to a lanyard. The ring of cards helps students, teachers and parents focus on the power words that need to be mastered next. The words go everywhere with students throughout the day, always available for turning spare moments into opportunities for partner practice and sight word games.
100 Book Challenge Reading Folders keep your students organized for Independent Reading. Everything they need for reading practice travels with them throughout the day and goes home each night. Students start with the basic Blue folder. As each reader completes 100 Steps of reading, he or she is awarded a new 100-Step Red folder. Students who have not completed the requisite amount of reading practice continue with the aging Blue folders. Teachers and volunteers can see at a glance who needs extra reading practice time. The color folders provide a Karate Belt system for monitoring and rewarding student effort.
100 Book Challenge Smart Start modules include folders to take 30 students to 100, 200, 300, and 400 Steps. Additional incentive folders up to 1,000 Steps are available à la carte.
Milestone Awards are presented in recognition of effort-based achievements in reading. Each gold medal has the 100 Book Challenge logo on one side and the reading milestone on the other. Colorful ribbons represent which milestone the reader has reached.
Rewards for Readers Who Achieve
Research shows that extrinsic rewards help students sustain behavior that is initially challenging but with experience becomes intrinsically rewarding. Your avid readers don’t need the prizes, but students not used to reading at home every night on their own do. The Smart Start Module includes a package of small incentives to get all of your readers started on lots of reading every day.
Cool Bags for Smart Kids
Students in grades PreK–5 use these durable book bags to transport all their 100 Book Challenge materials to and from school. The elastic strap will allow the bags to hang over the backs of most classroom chairs. Teachers can easily check to be sure every child goes home with this reading practice kit every night. Parents and younger siblings look forward to the unpacking of this special bag every afternoon, full of new books to read.
FREE Professional Development with the purchase of five or more classroom modules (or webinar with 4 modules or fewer.)
Master educators hand-select only the best trade and reading company multicultural titles to include in the Kindergarten Libraries and the First Grade Libraries. Collections are balanced to include fiction (including best selling series) and nonfiction across multiple genres and come leveled, organized and ready to read. Each classroom receives ten baskets (30 books each), totaling 300 unique titles, and each classroom’s set is different. The baskets circulate among participating classrooms creating a continuous stream of up to 15,000 titles moving through participating classrooms.