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.