Goldie Socks and Just Right Books

Oct 18, 2010 by

Current reading research has clearly found that children need to spend large quantities of time reading books they can read accurately, fluently, and with good comprehension.  Leading reading researcher Richard Allington believes this is so important that in his book What Really Matters for Struggling Readers, he devoted a whole chapter to it titled “Kids Need Books They Can Read.”  It’s one thing to be aware of this, but how do we get our students to do it?  Below are a few ways to introduce this concept to your students.  I invite you to share some of your own.

Five-Finger Rule

Have students read the first page or two of a book. Tell them to put up one finger for each word they cannot read. If all five fingers are up at the end of a page or two, the book is probably too difficult and they should find an easier book to read.  If there are two or three fingers up, the child should begin reading and if he is able to read it fluently and with comprehension, it is a just right book.  For children reading shorter texts you may want to change it to the Three-Finger Rule.

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians

This twist on the familiar fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a cute way to introduce children to the concept of “too hard”, “too easy”, and “just right” books. The Upstart Catalog has even created bookmarks and posters to accompany this book.  This book can be used in conjunction with the Five-Finger Rule described above.

 

 

Bicycle Analogy

This is one more way to introduce the same concept.  I saw this poster, created by another teacher ,and thought is was a great visual for teaching this concept and one that children can easily identify with.

Just Right Book Poster

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