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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