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Read Naturally® Live

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Customer Reviews: 4.8 of 5 (98 reviews | add review)

Focus:
  • Fluency
  • Phonics

Additional Support:
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

Skill Level: Grades 1‒8
Intervention Range: Beginning Reader to Adult

This cloud-based intervention efficiently applies the research-based Read Naturally Strategy to accelerate reading achievement. Visual and auditory prompts guide students through the motivating steps to develop fluency and phonics skills, support comprehension, and improve vocabulary. Track student progress easily and use the data to differentiate instruction with Read Naturally Live. Because the software and data are "in the cloud," there's no server to set up or maintain. Students can access the program from desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks, or iPads.

Read Naturally Live provides...

  • An interactive reading intervention, often used for RTI implementation.
  • Options to easily differentiate the program to meet individual needs.
  • Motivating informational text for reluctant readers, from first grade to adult.
  • Extensive, computer-generated reports on student progress.
  • Nonfiction reading opportunities as required by Common Core State Standards.
  • Spanish translations for stories in early Sequenced levels.

Students...

  • Build fluency and motivation by reading short, nonfiction passages.
  • Increase reading accuracy and expression with audio support.
  • Strengthen comprehension and vocabulary.
  • Develop automaticity in decoding (Phonics levels).
  • Work independently most of the time.
  • Experience success and an improved attitude toward reading.

​Read Naturally Live accelerates reading achievement by combining the research-proven strategies of teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. A student works at his or her own pace in an appropriate level of material. Text and audio guide 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 student progress.

pointer Research basis for the Read Naturally Strategy

Read Live Steps

Read Naturally Live Steps
  1. Select a Story
    The student clicks on the story he or she wants to read. Choosing the story deepens the student’s investment in the material.
  2. Key Words
    In the Sequenced series, the student reads the key words and their definitions while listening to an audio recording. The key words provide definitions that are important to understanding the story. In the Phonics series, the student listens to a phonics lesson and reads words that have the featured phonics patterns.
  3. Prediction
    The student uses the title, picture, and key words to write a prediction of what he or she thinks the story is about. The prediction prepares the student’s mind for reading the story.
  4. Cold Timing
    The teacher may time the student, usually for one minute, as he or she reads the story, or the student may complete this step independently. The student clicks unknown words while reading, and then clicks the last word read during the timing. Read Naturally Live subtracts the unknown words from the total number of words attempted to obtain a cold-timing score and displays it on a graph. This step establishes a baseline for progress monitoring, the component of the Read Naturally Strategy that motivates the student to improve.
  5. 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.
  6. Practice
    The student practices reading the story without audio support three to ten times until able to read it accurately, with expression, and at the goal rate. 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.
  7. 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 teachers with information about how well the student comprehends the story.
  8. Retell/Word List
    In the Sequenced and Idioms series, the student retells or summarizes the story to improve comprehension. 
    In the Phonics series, the student works on decoding skills by practicing the word list until able to read it accurately at a predetermined rate.
  9. Pass
    The student reads the story for the teacher to show that he or she can read it at the goal rate, with appropriate expression, and with three or fewer errors. The teacher corrects or reviews the comprehension questions with the student and the retelling of the story (if applicable). 

    In the Phonics series, the student also reads the word list to show that he or she can read it with three or fewer errors at the goal rate. ​A graph shows how much the student’s fluency has improved since the cold timing.

    ​ Additional graphs show results for the comprehension questions, the retelling, and the word lists (if applicable).

Read Naturally Live subscriptions include access to all 19 levels of  three series. All series have the same basic design with strategic differences.

  • Sequenced series is the basic series and has 13 levels (1.0 – 8.0) with 24 stories per level.
  • Phonics series adds phonics lessons and activities to the basic design and has 6 levels (0.8 – 2.7) with 24 stories per level.
  • Idioms series teaches common American idioms as students work on reading skills.  Idioms has 4 levels (3.0 – 4.5) with 12 stories per level.

Read Naturally Live is a subscription program, licensed per student. Teachers can reassign licenses if students leave the program. 

The teacher assigns the appropriate series and level for each student. The student works through the level in the student program, and the teacher manages the student's progress in the teacher program.

STUDENT PROGRAM

Read Naturally Live Story

High-interest, leveled, nonfiction stories include:
  • Key words, clickable vocabulary words, and comprehension activities.
  • Spanish translation of each story in Sequenced levels 1.0 – 4.5.
Extensive audio support includes:
  • Audio directions for each step of the process.
  • Three appropriately paced recordings that model correct pronunciation and expression.
  • Pronunciation of words in stories when clicked.
  • Audio definitions of key words, or, in the Phonics series, an audio phonics lesson.
  • Clickable vocabulary words with audio-supported, student-friendly definitions.
  • Spanish translation of each story in Sequenced levels 1.0 – 4.5.
  • Auditory signals that indicate if a student's responses to multiple choice items are correct or incorrect.
Structured instructional process includes:
  • Automated steps built around teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring.
  • A wait-time vocabulary-building activity.
Computerized scoring and extensive reports include:
  • Automated correction of multiple-choice questions.
  • Calculation of fluency, phonics, and comprehension scores.
  • Graphs and reports showing student performance.

TEACHER PROGRAM

Read Live Graph

Set up of account for district, building, classroom, staff, and/or students include:
  • Enrolling staff and students.
  • Licensing staff and students.
Management of student programs includes:
  • Placement of each student in a level and series with an appropriate reading-rate goal.
  • Easily customized options for individual students and extensive student reports.
  • Printable stories, reports, parent letters, awards, and completion certificates.
Online Documentation includes:
  • Step-by-step instructions for working in the software and "how to" section on setting up Read Naturally Live.
  • A lesson plan for introducing the program to students.
  • Training videos that explain how to set up the software and work with students in the program.

ONLINE RESOURCES AND TECH SUPPORT

Free web resources include:
  • Read Live Instant Demo, Read Live Smart Start Guide, and Read Live Online Help.
  • Crossword puzzle for each story.
  • Comparison questions in Sequenced levels 5.0 and above.
  • Fidelity checklist, full-color steps poster, phonics elements list, English and Spanish parent letters, and story title labels.
  • Worksheets for transitioning from Read Naturally SE or ME to Read Naturally Live.
Tech Support includes free:
  • E-mail support and updates.
  • Web support including a knowledgebase.
  • Phone support.

To use Read Live software, your computer must meet the following minimum system requirements:

Operating System Compatibility

  • Windows 7 and higher
  • Mac OS X 10.7 and higher
  • Chrome OS

Browser Compatibility

  • Google Chrome versions 17 and higher (recommended)
  • Mozilla Firefox versions 14 and higher
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 9 and higher
  • Apple Safari versions 6 and higher (Mac OS only)

Browser
Plug-ins

Internet Connection

  • 512 Kbps and faster (Dial-up connection is not supported.)

Screen Resolution

  • 1024 by 768 and higher

Audio

  • Ability to play audio (headphones preferred)

iPad Requirements

  • Read Naturally Live iPad app
    pointer Download from the  iTunes App Store
  • Read Naturally Live subscription
  • iOS 6 or later (supported on iPad 2 and higher)
  • Internet connection, 512 Kbps or faster
  • Headphones recommended for audio support

Read Naturally Live Instant Demo

Thank you for your interest in evaluating Read Naturally Live, a reading intervention from Read Naturally, and part of the Read Live program.

About the Instant Demo
The Instant Demo enables you to easily experience the core steps of the Read Naturally Live program. Explore how it provides individualized, differentiated instruction for each student as it develops fluency, supports vocabulary, and promotes comprehension and phonics skills. No downloading, installation, setup or licensing is required. Just complete the form below with your contact information, and you’ll receive passwords and instructions for working through the steps of a Read Naturally Live story as a student in any of the following levels:

  • Phonics 1.8
  • Sequenced 2.5
  • Sequenced 6.0

You will have full access to the features of the program within these levels and can experience how your students will use the program. You may run the Instant Demo as many times as you wish.

Note: This demo is not accessible from the Read Naturally Live iPad app. To try the iPad app, you can register for a free 60-day trial. Once you have set up your trial account, your students can access Read Naturally Live from the Read Naturally Live iPad app or from any computer with a compatible web browser.

Register for the Instant Demo
Please complete the form below to gain access to the Read Naturally Live instant demo.
pointer Minimum system requirements

Read Naturally Live Annual Subscriptions

The more Read Naturally Live seats you purchase, the less you pay per seat.

Examples:
2 seats x $149.00 per seat = $298.00
10 seats x $49.83 per seat = $498.30
50 seats x $19.97 per seat = $997.00
200 seats x $15.38 per seat = $3076.00

The pricing below reflects the price per seat. When you enter a quantity, you will be given an option to change your quantity to get the best deal (the most seats for a given dollar amount). Contact us for custom pricing.

Description Item Number Item Price, $
1-5 seats RL01A $149.00 per seat
6-29 seats RL01B $49.83 per seat
30-129 seats RL01C $19.97 per seat
130+ seats RL01D $15.38 per seat
Quantity
 

Read Naturally Live iPad App

Download on the App StoreTeachers set up and manage Read Live using a web browser (see supported web browsers). Students can access the Read Naturally Live curriculum either by using a web browser or by using the free Read Naturally Live app for Apple iPads.

What Customers Say About Read Naturally Live

"We are successfully integrating the Read Live components with our literacy program. Students are highly motivated to apply taught strategies and are truly interested in the range of topics offered. The ability to customize this program allows us to meet the needs of each student."
— Nancy, Classroom Teacher, Exeter, NH

"We serve a large population of second language learners at our school. Because they are all at different fluency levels, it was hard to give them the instruction and attention that they needed. Read Live is the perfect solution. It reaches all learners at their fluency level and allows them to work at their own pace. It truly is a fabulous program."
— Esther, ELL Administrator, Ojai, CA

"I have found Read Naturally to be an excellent intervention for building reading fluency. The levels are well sequenced, interesting, and the non-fiction stories build the students' vocabulary and knowledge. My students are motivated to use it, and they can work for the most part independently, allowing me to work with more students at a time and still be effective. The Read Live version is the best!"
— Barbara H., Special Education Teacher, Missoula, MT

Customer Reviews

Jun 6, 2016

5

Great program for ESL/EFL young learners.


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Jun 2, 2016

5

Read Live has aided in the increased fluency of at least 85% of my students this year, ranging from 20 to 35 wpm since Sept. That's been a great confidence booster for my students, but that's been just one benefit. The variety and depth of the comprehension questions are so much more advanced and beneficial to my student's comprehension skills. The program gives them great tools to go back and find the answers and they're given incentives for having 100% correct the first time I check them. The open ended questions and summary are great opportunities to reinforce correct writing mechanics and sentence structure. The students get excited telling me about something they've learned in their story......"Mrs. Harlan, did you know that....." So, Read Live benefits the students in so many areas and skills.....fluency, vocabulary..... (synonym/antonym practice is super!), comprehension and composing sentences/summaries. They also love working the crossword puzzles.


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May 20, 2016

5

I have used Read Naturally for 20 years now and I strongly recommend it. This year I am at a new school and we use the Read Naturally Live Program. At my former site we used the paper version. I have seen students move up two grade levels when the program is implemented at least 3 days a week and monitored closely. The stories are very interesting and I have learned a lot from listening to the students read them. I firmly believe in this program for improving reading fluency.


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Apr 25, 2016

5

I sent the message on a Friday late afternoon and received a response on the same day. I was very impressed that the issue was taken care of so quickly. I was able to get this new student ready to begin on Monday. Joel was able to look more into my issue and told me that there was an extra license not being used. I got it!! That worked for me. A new student is beginning today and I wanted to use Read Naturally live. It is so hard to determine this late in the year who will be using the read live program. I cannot alway determine the exact number of licenses would need. I am very pleased. Thank you
Laura Kuker Special Education Teacher MTS Elementary


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Apr 4, 2016

5

This program is so amazing that I requested a grant from the Wal Mart Foundation to purchase it for our Special Education students at my school. Our district would not buy it for us. Walmart granted me $1,000 to purchase the program. It not only focuses on fluency, but has comprehension, writing, and vocabulary practice. The students are engaged with the Ipad app for the program and improving their skills. I would recommend it to everyone!


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Brenda Gaskin Apr 5, 2016

Where did you find this information about the grant. I work for a small charter school and would love to have this for my students.

Mar 17, 2016

5

Excellent service.


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Mar 8, 2016

5

Read Naturally Live helps students improve their reading fluency using research-based, proven effective techniques like repeated reading and neurological impress. But the best thing about Read Live, and the reason it is so effective for struggling readers, is that students are intrinsically motivated to read, read and read some more. I love the way the nonfiction passages build background knowledge and I love watching students' reading ability increase exponentially.


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Mar 8, 2016

5

I use the Read Naturally Live with my Title 1students for reading interventions. They love the program and are making great gains in their reading skills!! I would highly recommend this program to anyone!!! It is worth every cent!!


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Mar 8, 2016

5

This is our first year using Read Live, and we have seen great results! The stories are engaging and our students are excited to participate. I wish we could get all of our students on Read Live!


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Mar 8, 2016

5

We really like Read Live because students can start at their level and work at their own pace. It works well for us because we can give more students interventions using Read Live than trying to work with them in groups, and they get more actual reading practice time. Our students are making good progress using Read Live.


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Mar 8, 2016

4

Our school utilizes this fantastic program daily! Even our parents get involved and help their own kids at home. We love the fluency progress and the ability to teach the necessary comprehension skills needed with the nonfiction passages! High interest stories with a wide variety!


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Feb 9, 2016

5

We are madly in love with READ NATURALLY!!! I am currently teaching RtI grades kg-5, and use it with grades 1-5. My team teacher and I both agree that when we move back to a traditional classroom, READ LIVE will be a major component of our reading program! EVERY classroom should have this program. The results we have seen are AMAZING!! Student engagement and motivation are simply exciting to watch. Do what you have to do...just get this program!


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Jan 20, 2016

5

I have been using Read Naturally paper and computer based version for over 10 years and it is the most valuable tool I have in my tool box. I am able to service more students with the computer version and they can be fully independent. The Word-tastic piece is a great addition. I am able to track goals, have the students work independently, and see huge gains...but the most valuable is to see the self-confidence that the students have when they read 10 words in a cold read and then read 62 by their hot read. They love it and I praise them. It is the easiest praise to give....Such Rewards! Thank you.

 


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Jan 19, 2016

4

I really like Read Live for my special education students. I don't feel it is something they can do completely independently, as the cold and hot readings should be monitored, in my opinion. I also have found that my students like to complete their own graphs---it seems to give them satisfaction to color in their cold and hot reading levels. We enjoy doing this program together and I see improvement in my student's reading fluency and comprehension. Great Program that I would recommend! :)


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Jan 15, 2016

5

This program has been great for me to use as Title I tutoring. We get wonderful results with the students, but also it's a way for us to work with as many as 14 students at one time. We have two to three teachers floating around the computer lab and all the students are Fully engaged. It's fabulous. I love the reports it generates as well. The reports help explain their improvement to the parents. I highly recommend it. P.S. Boys who are struggling readers love the nonfiction content.


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Jan 14, 2016

5

As a special ed teacher, I have used Read Naturally for over 15 years. It has made a big difference in my students fluency and overall reading skills. I like Read Naturally Live because of the added vocabulary component in the form of a game. I have found that being on the computer has added to the motivation of my students and enabled me to manage more students and larger groups during the school day. It is exciting to see each student engaged at their own level and their own pace while they make progress they can see. They love watching the graph go higher and higher as their reading skills improve. In my opinion, this is one of the most successful reading programs available for students of all ages,and abilities.


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Jan 14, 2016

4

My students come in each day and ask me if we are doing Read Naturally today. They all love it. One student said it was his favorite part of the day. All the while, they are all making huge improvements with their fluency!


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Jan 14, 2016

5

I have used Read Naturally since the CD days and I have found the program to be outstanding. The Read Live version helps me provide individualized reading intervention to students in a way that I have not found in other products. As a resource room teacher, intervention coordinator and reading intervention teacher I have not found a better product for the price. I have used super expensive, super fancy programs, but they simply don't have your student read as much. The students read like crazy and obtain so much vocabulary from repeated reading and the quizzes. I highly recommend the product for 10 student or less reading intervention 2 stories passed a week and outstanding for a resource room.


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Jan 14, 2016

5

My students love Read Live. They rush into the computer lab and stay focused on the expository reading lessons. This program puts them in the "driver's seat" because they get to choose the stories and work at their pace. Several students told me their reading has improved. Read Live is great for the third grade students who need reading intervention.


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Jan 14, 2016

5

The intermediate students are loving the program. Boys who were previously reluctant to practice reading are anxiously asking if it is their reading time - and very disappointed when it isn't. I can't believe the growth, and improved confidence, I see in the students.


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