Raz-Kids

Rating Raz Kids - 4 out of 5 - Good Rating 4.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone, Web
  • Free
  • age 5+
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About Raz-Kids

Raz-Kids is a website (also available through Kids A-Z apps on Google, Apple, and Amazon devices) that gives students access to fiction and nonfiction books with comprehension quizzes. Raz-Kids is an award-winning digital library of interactive, leveled eBooks and eQuizzes spanning 29 levels of difficulty, covering a wide range of subjects to develop reading and comprehension skills of students. 

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Raz-Kids Review

What is Raz-Kids?

Raz-Kids is an interactive online reading website, that delivers hundreds of leveled eBooks that students use to practice reading in school, at home, or on the go. One of the unique features Raz-Kids has is the ability to look at many different reports about your students on the site. It directly helps students achieve content and literacy standards. Raz-Kids is an excellent tool for independent practice of reading comprehension skills, such as vocabulary and inference.

Raz-Kids Features and How it works?

Raz-Kids is a service that is operated under the Learning A-Z. For those unfamiliar, Learning A-Z offers an enormous number of K-6 learning resources to help save teachers time and support student achievement.

When users engage Raz-Kids, they first select a book and Raz-Kids narrates it to them. Users are able to pause the narration on each page if they would like read it themselves or reread the page after listening to it being narrated. After reading a book, Raz-Kids presents users with a reading-comprehension quiz that consists of 5–10 questions. Users are able to flip between the book and quiz while using this option. As an alternative, the Epic app is the leading digital library for kids, where kids can explore their interests and learn with high-quality ebooks.

Student Progress Tracking

Teachers can view reports and track student progress every step of the way. They can assist students in selecting appropriate books leveled to their reading ability and help with a particular skill the student need to improve.

Accessibility for Visually Impaired Students

One way for students who are blind or visually impaired to access this resource is using the Kids A-Z app on the iPad, which is free of charge to download. Raz-Kids offers e-books that students can read (and record themselves reading) online. Teachers can assign and track which books students have been reading, see quiz scores, align progress to the Common Core Standards, listen to recordings of students reading, and assess which skills students are achieving or struggling with. 

Leveling Up and Book Selection

Once the student is logged in (using login information provided by the classroom teacher), the student selects “Level Up!” to access the leveled books. A variety of fiction and non-fiction books will be available to the student. (The level of books available to the student will be based on the level the classroom teacher has assigned to that student).

What we liked about Raz-Kids

We're thoroughly impressed by the comprehensive resources it provides for elementary school students. The platform grants access to a broad spectrum of leveled books, making it an invaluable tool for educators and students alike. The ability for students to access these resources both in school and at home, with just a login and password provided by their teachers, is a testament to the platform's user-friendly design.
 
We were particularly captivated by the interactive eBook library available on Raz-Kids. It's not just the variety of books that stands out; it's the immersive, child-friendly environment that encourages students to engage deeply with the content. Features such as narration with highlighted words and phrases, interactive tools for close reading, the ability to record readings to demonstrate fluency, and quizzes to assess comprehension cater to diverse learning styles and needs. Moreover, as students progress through their reading and quizzes, they advance to higher levels, accessing increasingly complex texts. This gradual escalation ensures that reading remains a challenge yet accessible.
 
From a teacher's perspective, Raz-Kids shines with its ease of management for digital reading. The platform's online teacher management portal offers detailed reports, making it straightforward to track each student's reading progress. This feature is particularly beneficial for tailoring instruction and providing targeted support where needed.
 
The platform thoughtfully includes three interactive options for each book: listen, read, and quiz. This trio of activities is designed to reinforce learning and ensure a robust understanding of the material. The fact that students can advance to the next reading level after completing these tasks for a certain number of books illustrates the platform's commitment to encouraging consistent reading practice. Additionally, the option for teachers to manually advance students to the next level offers flexibility, ensuring that no student is left behind due to technicalities.

Do Raz-Kids have free trial?

Raz-Kids offers a 14 day free trial. Once you've signed up for the free 14 day trial, the "Raz-Kids" greets you to help you get started. For teachers or families who have subscriptions to both Raz-Kids and Reading A-Z, also known as Reading Solution, the Kids A-Z app provides access to even more leveled reading content. 

Raz-Kids Pricing

Raz-Kids costs at $125/year for one classroom. Through the app, Raz-Plus customers have access to more than 2,000 leveled eBooks and corresponding eQuizzes as well as thousands of other resources for their students to access on a smartphone or tablet!

Pros of using Raz-Kids

  • The students access the same books as peers in the general education classroom.
  • Encourages the General Education teacher to stay closely involved in the students’ use of technology to access mainstream resources.
  • The students get practice listening to stories and taking comprehension quizzes at his/her reading level.

Cons of using Raz-Kids

  • The text of the books cannot be accessed through the Refreshable Braille Display.
  • The reward portion of the app is not accessible with voice over.

Final Verdict: Raz Kids Review

Raz-Kids is a great app in the Learning A-Z family. It offers hundreds of titles, grouped into 29 different levels - with new ebooks and quizzes added every month. Raz-Kids tackles reading from all sides. Your child can read and take quizzes to show comprehension, record themselves reading aloud or listen to a recording with highlighted text. Overall, Raz-Kids has been a great resource for accessing a variety of age appropriate fiction and non-fiction stories. 

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App Details

  • Rating: 4
  • Devices: Android, Website, iPad, iPhone
  • Category: English / Literacy
  • Topics Reading Apps for Kids
  • Ages: Primary School Apps (5-7 Years), Primary School Apps (7-11 Years), Secondary School Apps (11-14 Years)
  • Skills: Communication Skills, Reading
  • In-App Purchases: Offers In-App Purchases
  • In-App Advertising: No
  • Publisher: Learning A-Z

Download Raz-Kids

You can download Raz-Kids on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the Raz-Kids app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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