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Motivational Tools

What tools does Raz-Kids offer to keep students motivated to read?
How does a student earn stars?
How does a student know how many stars he/she has earned?
Can a teacher give a student additional stars or replace used stars?
What can a student do with the stars earned?
How does a student access the Raz Rocket?
How does a student purchase items for the Raz Rocket?
Can a teacher limit a student's access to the Raz Rocket?
Why do some Raz Rocket items disappear when purchasing a new item?
Can a student return a purchased Raz Rocket item?
Do Raz Rocket items talk or move?
What is the Rocket Ranking system?
How does a student know what rank he/she is at?
How does a student progress to the next ranking level?


What tools does Raz-Kids offer to keep students motivated to read?

Raz-Kids believes practice is essential to educational success. Therefore, we offer several tools for keeping students motivated to continue reading, including: Star points, Raz Rocket, and Rocket Ranking system.

How does a student earn stars?

Students earn stars for every book read and listed to, and quizzes and assignments successfully completed from the student login. Bonus stars are awarded for completing a Self-Paced or Custom Assignment.

Activities Stars Earned
Listen 10
Read 50
Quiz Passed 100
Perfect Quiz 150
Completed Custom or Self-Paced Assignment 500


How does a student know how many stars he/she has earned?

When logged in as the student, the progress bar at the top of every Raz-Kids page displays the number of spendable stars as well as assignment progress, and Rocket Rank. Teachers also have access to this information on the Student History report.

Can a teacher give a student additional stars or replace used stars?

Sure. To do so:

  1. Log in using the teacher username and password.
  2. Select the Roster tab.
  3. Select the name of the student to whom you would like to give additional stars.
  4. Select the number of bonus stars to award.
    1. You can award up to 500 at a time.
    2. To award more than 500, repeat the steps as appropriate.
  5. Click Update.

What can a student do with the stars earned?

Students can use earned stars to buy items to personalize their rocket. The Raz Rocket incentive system provides students with the motivation to keep reading. The more activities a student does, the more stars are earned, the more he/she can personalize his/her own rocket, and even visit different planets.

How does a student access the Raz Rocket?

If the teacher has enabled access to the Raz Rocket for the student, a separate Raz Rocket tab will appear when the student is logged in.

How does a student purchase items for the Raz Rocket?

Once a student is in the Raz Rocket, items to personalize the rocket can be purchased from the catalog. To access the catalog, select the Star in the TV screen of the green console.

Can a teacher limit a student's access to the Raz Rocket?

Yes. If a teacher feels the students are spending too much time in the Raz Rocket, student access can be limited:

  1. Log in using the teacher username and password.
  2. Select the Roster tab.
  3. Check or uncheck the Raz Rocket box for each student as appropriate.
  4. Click Update.

Why do some Raz Rocket items disappear when purchasing a new item?

The Raz Rocket can only display one version of some items. Windows, doors, planets, and large furniture pieces, for example. Stars used to purchase the original item are not returned when purchasing a new version of these items. If desired, a teacher can replace the stars by awarding bonus stars.

Can a student return a purchased Raz Rocket item?

Once purchased, an item cannot be returned to the catalog. If desired, a teacher can replace the stars by awarding bonus stars.

Do Raz Rocket items talk or move?

Some rocket items move when clicked on. At this time, we do not offer sound with any items. However, we continually add new features and enhancements to Raz-Kids, including the Rocket.

What is the Rocket Ranking system?

To foster friendly competition and inspire continued practice, Raz-Kids students are ranked according to the number of stars earned.

Rank Stars Earned
Ensign 0-499
Lieutenant JG 500 - 1,499
Lieutenant 1,500 - 2,999
Lieutenant Commander 3,000 - 4,999
Commander 5,000 - 9,999
Captain 10,000 - 14,999
Admiral 15,000 - 29,999
Fleet Admiral 30,000+


How does a student know what rank he/she is at?

When logged in as the student, the progress bar at the top of every Raz-Kids page displays the Rocket Rank as well as assignment progress, and spendable stars. Teachers also have access to this information on the Student History report.

How does a student progress to the next ranking level?

Students will automatically progress to the next Rocket Rank as stars are earned.