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Marcia Edwards
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AR Info

last updated 2009

  • Big News!! Shepherd now has Rennaisance Place or AR Online (starting 12/1/09).  This means our students have access to take AR tests on ALL books that have an available AR test.  Though the program is called AR Online, tests can only be taken at school.  Use the link on the Shepherd Home page to get to the Rennaissance Home Connect website.  Home Connect is an easy way for students, parents and teachers to share how a student is doing on AR tests, what kinds of books he or she is testing on and more. 

    You can view Renaissance Home Connect from any computer with an Internet connection using these browsers:

    • Internet Explorer® 6.02 or later

    • Firefox® 1.5 or later
    • Safari™ 2.0.3 or later

    Use your child’s AR username and password to login. 

    In Renaissance Home Connect you can also:
    • Click Email Setup to sign up to receive emails showing your student's quiz or test results
    • Click Help to get answers to your questions about Renaissance Home Connect


    REMEMBER...Students will not be allowed to take tests from home.

    Another tool for us is AR BookFinder.  Use this tool to find your next book to read for pleasure with an AR test to take.

Websites for Teachers

Helpful Sites  educational videos in math & science

http://ReadingInformational Texts Using the 3-2-1 Strategy for K-2 from Read-Write-Think  free audio books from the public domain
Snappy Words Online visual dictionary - See definitions & their connections to other terms (As always, you should preview words when possible.)

Vocab Grabber Copy text into this website and then easily look up the definitions for words in that text.
Cacoo Create diagrams online (account creation required)

Children's Book Reviews

In the Trenches - A 4th grade NC teacher's blog with incredible resources to be used in many grade levels.

Work's Cited By Grade Level


Reading Rockets -

Big 6 Research

The Big Six Skills from Cambridge Rindge & Latin Schools

Common Core & Essential Standards Resources

Core Standards:

Incredible Collection!! from Gail Holmes, Educator on Loan from DPI, Web Resources by Objective & Grade Level (This is a work in progress, so please check back later.) This site provides six common core unit plans per grade level.  This is a source for support tools provided by NCDPI.