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Mcall-Crabbs Reading Comprehension Books

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I use the older version of the McCall-Crabbs Standard Test Lessons in Reading found here: http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/McCall-Crabbs+Standard+Test+Lessons+in+Reading+A-E+Combined+Volume/009101/1216069889-131757


The answer key is here: http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/McCall-Crabbs+Answer+Key+for+Books+A-E/025856/1216069889-131757


My older son's reading comprehension took a dip last year in standardized testing, so I ordered this book to help him read for comprehension in a timed setting (something we hadn't worked on). My middle son did very well on reading comprehension, but I went ahead and had him do the daily tests too. Both boys improved greatly this year in reading comprehension on the Stanford Achievement test. Adding McCall-Crabbs was the only change I made from last year to this year.


It's an easy program to administer because each test is timed for 3 minutes. I started both boys back in Book A, and they've worked their way to Book C. I'll have them finish Book E within the next year or so. It's a non-consumable book, so my youngest son will start this program in 2nd grade and work through one book a year until 6th.


There are newer versions of this series, but I've been told that the book I linked above is the best because the selections have not been dumbed down like the newer versions.



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If you've been seeing progress by doing them, by all means continue! You could ask her which edition she's been using. I got the ones I'm using as separate books, all the older edition, from the Spalding Foundation (WRTR). Sanseri/Back Home Industries (SWR) sells the same version all put together in one thick volume. I happen to like having the separate books, except when I misplace them that is, lol. I made a little answer sheet numbered 1 to whatever with the letters A-E so dd could circle her answers. Printed a whole bunch of those, hole-punched, and it was ready to go in her notebook.

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