Today with my 1st and 2nd graders, we discussed "choosing just the right book". I showed them a variety of books and we decided which ones looked like they might be a "fit". We talked about shoes and how you have to get the right fit, or it doesn't really feel good. I asked the students why a big, scary book may not be a good fit and got lots of great answers, like, it might be too long, too scary, too many hard words, no pictures, and so on. We looked and really easy books and I asked why these board books wouldn't be the best fit. Their answers were perfect: too easy, baby books, not enough words to practice, I'd finisih to fast...
So I handed out a bookmark with these steps to follow for choosing just the right book:
1. Look at the cover
2. Read the title and author
3. Read the blurb on the back of the book
4. Open the book and skim through it.
5. Use the 5 finger rule:
Read the first page and if there are more than 5 words you can't undestand or sound out, it is probably too hard.
It seemed to have helped in their selections today.