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Choosing Just Right Books

Grades: Kindergarten, Other, 1st Grade
Subjects: Reading, Special Education, Home Learning

Student Instructions

Here is an easy way to pick out books that will be "just right" for you to read! 1. Pick a book. 2. Open up to any page. 3. Start reading the page. Every time you come to a word you don't know, hold up a finger. At the end of the page, check how many fingers you have up. If you have: - 1 finger = too easy - 2 fingers = a good fit - 3 fingers = just right - 4 fingers = may need help - 5 fingers = too hard 4. Just right (3 finger) books are the best ones to read on your own. 5. add Tap add. 6. mic Read a page aloud from your just right book. 7. check Tap the green check. 👨‍👧 Family Why: Having the ability to pick books that are "just right" will help students become more confident readers.

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

Teaching your students how to find books that are challenging enough for the student to make progress, but not so hard that he/she will become frustrated, is really important. The Just Right Five Finger strategy is one your student can use over and over again as their reading progresses to find books on topics they will enjoy. According to Joe Yukish, senior reading adviser to the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, "A perfect match, helps students build accuracy and fluency to support comprehension." CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.4