May 15, 2013



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Summer Reading Challenge promotes reading at the right level

The South Dakota Department of Education recently launched ReadSD!, a reading challenge aimed at curbing summer learning loss. With the help of online resources, teachers, librarians and parents will be able to help students identify books and other materials that are at an appropriate level of difficulty and aligned to the students’ interests.

This challenge is unique in that it does not ask students to read as many books as possible, but rather promotes reading engaging material at an appropriate level for each individual child. By entering a Lexile measure and specified interests into an online “Find a Book” tool, students can create a customized reading list with challenging, engaging titles.

Teachers, if you know your students’ Lexile measures, you can share that information with parents in advance of the summer break.

Summer learning loss is a primary concern when it comes to early literacy. You can help combat summer learning loss by promoting this challenge in your classroom, and sharing information about the challenge with parents and families. Visit the ReadSD! webpage for more ways to promote the challenge in your school or community.

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