I can’t even count how many times my 2nd grade students have come in from either the library with a book bigger than their head. A book that even I would struggle with. It kills me because they are so excited about it and eagerly share with me their new found treasure. But then, they open it…and are struggling reading even the first sentence out loud. If they cant read it out loud with fluency, then there is little chance they can comprehend what they are reading either. And hey – the goal is for the kids to read with fluency, understand what they read, and enjoy it.
While you never want to discourage a reader from a book, it is imperative to guide them into choosing good fit books for them.
What is a good fit book? I’m sure you’ve heard of the story Goldilocks and the 3 little bears. Well then you will know this quote, “the porridge was not too hot, not too gold, it was justttt right.” Well, that’s how you can think about the concept of just right books (except not with porridge).
In school, we use the “I Pick” questioning method. The P-I-C-K acronym is 4 questions you ask yourself or your child when picking out a book.
P – Purpose. Why do I want to read this?
I – Interest. Does this book interest me?
C – Comprehension. Do I understand what I am reading?
K – Know. Do I know most of the words?
Once I ask my student all of these questions, I can determine whether or not it is a good fit book.
It’s a quick questioning process and the best way to determine if it fits. Let’s continue to foster a love for reading and learning.
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