HOW TO CHOOSE A JUST RIGHT BOOKS
FIVE FINGER RULE
- Choose a book that you think you will enjoy, look at the cover and pictures.
- Read a few pages of the book
- Hold up a finger for each word you are not sure of, or do not know.
- If there are five or more words you did not know, you should choose an easier book
Choose a book that is a good fit for you! Read two or three pages and ask yourself these questions:
Will it be an easy, fun book to read?
- Do I understand what I am reading?
- Do I know almost every word?
- When I read it aloud, can I read it smoothly?
- Do I think the topic will interest me?
Will this book be too hard for me?
- Are there five or more words on a page that I don't know, or am unsure of?
- Is this book confusing and hard to understand by myself?
- When I read it aloud, does it sound choppy and slow?
Tips on reading with your child
When they can't read the word, say…
- Eagle Eye- Look at the pictures for clues
- Chunky monkey- Does it have a pattern that you have seen in other words? (ex-an, ack)
- Stretchy snake- Can you sound it out?
- Lips the fish- get your lips ready to start the first sound
- Skippy Frog - skip it and go back to reread, can you think what word would make sense?
- You said_______. Does that make sense? Okay, let's go back and re-read
- What word would make sense that would start with these sounds?
- Put your finger under the word as you say it.
- Let's read it together.
- This is a book you will enjoy more if you save it until you are older — or later in the year.
- [Be honest!] When people read books that are too hard for them, they often skip important parts. You will have more fun with this book if you wait until you can read it easily.