How do you find a "just right book"
The acronym "I-PICK from the Daily Five is a great way to help children choose independent books
I choose a book
Purpose- I have a reason for reading it (entertainment, searching for information, etc.)
Interest- The book looks interesting to me.
Comprehension- I can understand it and I
Know most of the words.
THREE FINGER RULE
Another way to check for a "just right" book is Richard Allington's Three Finger Rule strategy:
- Read the first page or two of a book(about 100 words)
- Hold up a finger for every word you can't read
- If you put up 3 fingers before finishing reading the pages, the book is probably too hard.
Allington, R. L. (2012). What really matters for struggling readers: Designing research-based programs. (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon
Boushey, G., & Moser, J. (2006). The daily 5: Fostering literacy independence in the elementary grades. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers