SRA Reading Laboratory®: A Proven K–12 Leveled Reading Program

Instilling Confidence in Learners for More Than 60 Years

As one of the earliest personalized learning programs, SRA Reading Laboratory has improved the reading and independent learning skills of more than 100 million students in 63 countries, becoming one of the most trusted names in literacy learning.

With an easy-to-use box of self-guided and leveled selections for a given classroom, SRA Reading Laboratory lets you develop confident readers through supplemental and personalized K–12 reading content that ensures each student is working at the appropriate level and moving ahead at his or her own pace. The program helps students:

  • Develop comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, word analysis, and study skills
  • Reinforce specific skills in which certain students show a weakness
  • Engage their interests and increase their knowledge base using a wide array of fiction and nonfiction selections
  • Take ownership of their own work and progress

Components for SRA Reading Laboratory®

Component Descriptions

Power Builders

Power Builders are the core of the program. Each SRA Reading Laboratory® has more than 100 Power Builders, four-page booklets arranged in color-coded levels that keep students challenged as they progress through the program. In partnership with Metametrics, every Power Builder within the Series 1 and 2 Laboratories have been Lexiled and become increasingly more complex based as the color bands progress. Each Power Builder has three key parts:

  • A high-interest fiction or nonfiction reading selection with accompanying photos or illustrations
  • A Comprehension section that poses multi-leveled questions about the reading selection
  • A Learn About Words section that includes vocabulary and word-study exercises

Power Builder Key Cards

Every Power Builder has a corresponding Key Card with answers to the Power Builder questions. Students use the Key Cards to score their own work, saving teachers time. In some levels of SRA Reading Laboratory® , when a student’s responses indicate a weakness in a particular skill, the Key Card directs the student to an appropriate lesson in Skill Builders.

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Rate Builders

These short, timed reading selections improve fluency by helping students read faster while maintaining comprehension. Students get exactly three minutes to read a selection and answer the questions that follow. Rate Builders are organized into color-coded levels corresponding to Power Builder levels that gradually increase in reading skill level. (Available in Labs 2 and 3 series only.)


Rate Builders Key Cards

These Key Cards allow students to score their work in the Rate Builders, saving teachers time and providing immediate feedback for students. (Available in Labs 2 and 3 series only.)

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Skill Builders

Skill Builders provide reinforcement in basic comprehension, phonics, grammar, and word-study skills. Students are directed to the Skill Builders to reinforce specific skills based on answers to the Power Builders. (Available in Labs 2 and 3 series only.)


Skill Builder Key Cards

These Key Cards allow students to score their work in the Skill Builders, saving teachers time and providing immediate feedback for students. (Available in Labs 2 and 3 series only.)

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Teacher’s Handbook

The Teacher’s Handbook provides a program overview and teaching plans to use SRA Reading Laboratory to maximum advantage. The References and Resources section provides detailed, level-specific information about program selections, skills, and procedures for easy planning. Blackline masters of the Student Record Book are available in Teacher’s Handbook. Print versions are available for purchase through CREATE EasyOrder, the print on demand service of McGraw-Hill.

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Student Record Book

The Student Record Book is used to chart progress within SRA Reading Laboratory® . Students use it to record answers to exercises and questions, make corrections to their work, and record their scores. It also contains the Starting Level Guide, which is the placement tool for starting each student at the appropriate level.

Blackline masters of the Student Record Book are available in the Teacher’s Handbook. Print versions are available for purchase through CREATE EasyOrder, the print on-demand service of McGraw-Hill.

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