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Friday, October 29, 2010

Choosing a "Just Right Book"

Our first graders have been learning about how to use the Five Finger Rule to pick out a "just right book". This strategy is meant to help students find a book that is not too easy or too hard to read. We learned about it in a wonderful book called Goldisocks and the Three Libearians.

This is how it works:

1) Choose a book and read the first page or two
2) Put one finger up for every word you don’t know
3) If five of your fingers go up while reading, choose another book.
4) If only two or three fingers go up, you’ve found a “just right” book!

Here are some of the students practicing: