Monday, February 11, 2013

Finding that 'Just Right' Book

The 5-Finger Rule for choosing a “Just right” book

How do you determine which book is perfect for independent reading? One easy method is termed the 5-Finger Rule. 

Open a book to the middle and begin reading.   For each word you don’t know, put up one finger.   If at the end of the page you have:
5 or more fingers up - too hard and challenging, save for later book
4 fingers up - very challenging
2-3 fingers up - just right
0-1 fingers up - too easy, vacation book

As a parent, it's important to know that the 5-Finger Rule only helps to evaluate student’s ability to read words.  It's important to check that your child understands the story by asking questions about the book.  

Happy Reading! 

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