The Five Finger Rule

Last week, my little buddies on the S.T.A.R. hall got to practice using the five finger rule to find a “just right” book.  This is a great way to find a book that isn’t too hard or too easy and it works in my library as well as other libraries and bookstores.  Basically it works like this.  When a student finds a book that they like they turn to any page in the book and start reading.  Every time they get to a word they don’t know, they hold up a finger.  At the end of the page they count how many fingers they are holding in the air.  If they have no fingers in the air then that book is probably too easy.  If they have between 1 and 4 fingers then the book is probably just right.  If they have five fingers in the air then that book is too difficult.  This is a really easy way for kids to look for a book that they’ll actually be able to read on their own.


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