(Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening)During the months of September-November teachers will be giving the PALS assessment in grades K-3. The information we gather from these assessments will show us the areas of strength and weakness in the students and help us to better plan our instruction for them. If you would like more information on PALS assessment you can log onto their website at: http://www.pals.virginia.edu From the PALS website, parents can go to the Parents Tab for lists of ideas, activities, and web links that can be done with children at home.
(Developmental Reading Assessment)During the month of September and October, the teachers in grades 1-5 will administer the DRA2. The DRA2 identifies the student’s independent reading level, their reading fluency, and comprehension of what was read. In second grade through fifth grade, the DRA2 requires a written response to the story. With this information at hand, the teachers can provide informed instruction and present developmentally appropriate materials.The following is a list of books that are comparable to the DRA text levels.
Comparable Book Title
Colors ( Anderson/Dutton)
My Book (Maris/Viking)
So Can I (Facklam/Harcourt Brace)3* This is the LCPS benchmark level for the end of kindergarten.
Baby Says (Steptoe/Morrow)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear (Martin/Holt)
How Many Bugs in a Box?
(Carter/Simon & Schuster)
Go, Dog, Go! (Eastman/Random House)
Just Like Daddy (Asch/ Simon & Schuster)
Cookies Week (Ward/Puttman)
Gone Fishing (Long/Houghton Mifflin)
Clean House for Mole and Mouse (Ziefert/Scholastic)
Fix-It (McPhail/Penguin)16* This is the LCPS benchmark level for the end of Grade 1.
Are You My Mother? (Eastman/Random House)
Just Me and My Dad (Mayer/Donovan)
Little Bear (Minarik/Harper Collins)
Frog and Toad (Lobel/Harper & Rove)
Henry and Mudge (Rylant/Aladdin)
Fox All Week (Marshall/Dial Books)
Arthur books (Hoban/Harper Collins)
Nate the Great (Weinman/Dell)28* This is the LCPS benchmark level for the end of Grade 2.
All About Stacy (Giff/Dell)
The Stories Julien Tells
Cam Jenson (Alder/Puffin Books)
Peewee Scouts series (Delton/Dell)
Zombies Don’t Play Soccer
(Dadey and Jones/Scholastic)
The Hit Away Kid (Christopher/Dell)
Freckle Juice (Blume/Dell Yearling)38* This is the LCPS benchmark level for the end of Grade 3.
Shark in School (Giff/Dell)
Box Car Children (Warner/Albert Whitman)40* This is the LCPS benchmark level for the end of Grade 4.
Chocolate Fever (Smith/Yearling)
Runaway Ralph books (Cleary/Avon)
Little House on the Prairie
(Wilder/Harper & Rove)50* This is the LCPS benchmark level for the end of Grade 5.
Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School (Sachar/Scholastic)
My Teacher is an Alien books Coville/Pocket Books)