Intervention Programs

One Minute Reader® Live

Component of Read Live

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  • Fluency

Additional Support:
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

Skill Level: Grades 1–5
Intervention Range: Beginning Reader to Adult Learner

Transform independent reading time into an exciting, guided reading experience! One Minute Reader Live delivers measurable results while engaging students with interesting short passages, motivating graphs, and fun joke jumbles. Utilizing the research-based Read Naturally Strategy in a fully independent and motivating system, One Minute Reader Live helps students develop fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills, and build confidence as learners.

Read Live A Component of Read Live

ATTENTION PARENTS: For literacy support at home, please see the home version of the award-winning One Minute Reader program.

  • Expand knowledge base by reading interesting nonfiction text.
  • Utilize audio support to learn words and improve expression.
  • Experience success and an improved attitude toward reading.
  • Engage in self-directed learning.
  • Develop fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills.
  • Gain confidence from seeing their success in fun graphs.
One Minute Reader Live provides...
  • Structured, independent reading activity for developing readers of all ages.
  • Motivating informational text for reluctant readers.
  • Additional practice for students who use Read Naturally Live.
  • Challenging reading material for young, advanced readers.
  • Leveled books from early reader through fifth grade.

One Minute Reader Live accelerates reading achievement by combining the research-proven components of the Read Naturally Strategy: teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. The student works at his or her own pace in an appropriate level of material as the motivating program guides the student through the steps. The student masters a story by reading along with audio and then practicing the story until he or she can read it fluently and with comprehension. The program automatically tracks the student's progress.

pointerResearch basis for the Read Naturally Strategy

One Minute Reader Live steps​One Minute Reader Live Steps

Before beginning the steps of each story, the student selects the book and story he or she wants to read. Choosing the story deepens the student’s investment in the material.

  1. Cold Read
    The student reads the story for one minute and then clicks the last word read when the bell sounds.
  2. Cold Read Graph
    A graph displays the student’s cold-timing score, establishing a baseline for progress monitoring, the component of the Read Naturally Strategy that motivates the student to improve.
  3. Read Along
    The student reads along quietly with a recording of the story, typically three times. This step is the teacher-modeling component of the Read Naturally Strategy, which helps the student learn new words and master others as well as learn proper pronunciation, expression, and phrasing.
  4. Read Alone
    The student practices reading the story independently until able to read it accurately and with expression. This step is the repeated-reading component of the Read Naturally Strategy, which helps the student improve fluency, master difficult words, and understand the story.
  5. Read Alone Graph
    A graph displays the student’s current words-per-minute score compared to the Cold Read score, showcasing the student’s improvement.
  6. Quick Quiz
    The student answers questions about the story. Responding to the text holds the student accountable for meaning, develops the ability to answer many types of questions, and provides information about how well the student comprehends the story. The correct answers to the questions help to solve the book’s Joke Jumble.
  7. Story Summary
    The student reviews the results from completing the story, including a graph that shows how much the student has improved since the cold read.
  8. Book Summary
    The student reviews the results from other stories completed in the level. Graphs are included.
  9. Did You Know?
    Students are presented with additional facts related to the stories from each book (only shown after the student has completed all the stories in a book).

One Minute Reader Live includes six levels: one for each reading level E through 5. Each level includes eight books with five nonfiction stories organized around a specific theme. The automated steps of the program are built around teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. 


Early first-grade reading level. Stories consist of a few short, simple sentences with several words repeated.


Middle first-grade reading level. Stories consist of a few short, simple sentences with very few difficult words.


Middle second-grade reading level. Stories consist of simple sentences with a few difficult words.


Middle third-grade reading level. Stories consist of longer sentences with several difficult words.


Middle fourth-grade reading level. Stories consist of some complex sentences with more difficult words.


Middle fifth-grade reading level. Stories consist of complex text with more advanced concepts.

The full One Minute Reader Live content is included with all Read Live subscriptions.
pointer See the Read Live product page for pricing information.

SIX LEVELS (eight books per level)

Five leveled, nonfiction stories per book include:
  • Clickable vocabulary words (indicated by different font color)
  • Quiz questions
Audio support includes:
  • Instructions
  • Recordings of each story
  • Signals indicating correct or incorrect responses
  • Vocabulary word definitions
  • Pronunciation for each word
Additional activities include:
  • Did You Know?
  • Joke Jumble
Computerized scoring includes:
  • Automated correction of multiple-choice questions
  • Calculation of fluency and comprehension scores
  • Points earned for completing activities
  • Graphing and reporting of performance

One Minute Reader Live is an integrated component of the Read Live platform.

  • Students At-a-Glance Report
    This report summarizes the results for the One Minute Reader Live stories completed by a set of students. It helps you identify students who may not be making adequate progress.
  • Story Summary Report
    This report shows a student’s results from a One Minute Reader Live story, including a graph of cold and hot timing scores and read along, practice, and quiz results.
  • Book Summary Report
    This report shows results from the stories a student completed in a One Minute Reader Live book, including cold and hot timing scores, number of practices, and quiz results.
  • Level Summary Report
    This report shows results from the One Minute Reader Live stories a student completed by level, including cold timings, read alongs, hot timings, and the quizzes.

One Minute Reader Live is an integrated component of the Read Live platform. All Read Live licenses enable full access to the One Minute Reader Live curriculum as well as access to the Read Naturally Live, Word Warm-ups Live, and Read Naturally Live—Español curriculum.

Customer Reviews

Apr 7, 2014

I am very happy with the results of Read Live so far! My students are very motivated!

Apr 7, 2014

Our students are making progress with reading fluency and comprehension using Read Live. We like the flexibility Read Live gives us. Each student can start at their level and work at their own pace. They also like to make it a competition, and that is motivating for them.

Apr 7, 2014

We are so glad that we have this program. It follows the research for best practices in fluency instruction and intervention. Our students have made great gains as evidenced by our progress monitoring data. I don't know what we would have done without it!

Apr 7, 2014

I have tutored in a reading lab using Read Naturally for twelve years. We are now using Read Naturally Live. We have gone through the upgrades over the years and the program just gets better and better! Not only has it improved test scores but also the interest in reading and pride of the students as they see their improvement. It is a valuable tool for teachers, students, and parents.

Mar 11, 2014

My school district started using the cassette version in 1998, and we switched to the Software Edition in 2005. Now we are moving to Read Naturally Live, the Cadillac of this successful reading intervention. Read Naturally has increased the reading achievement of thousands of students in our district over the last fifteen years, and we plan to use it for years to come!

Please let us know what questions you have so we can assist. For Technical Support, please call us or submit a software support request.

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