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How to Choose a “Just Right Book”

Visual describes the Five Finger Rule. Read below this picture to find out how the 5 finger rule works.

If students  are not sure if a book is “just right”  they can use the Five Finger Rule to help them decide.

  1. Open to a page of the book.
  2. Begin reading.
  3. Each time you come to a word you don’t know, hold up 1 finger.
  4. After you finish reading the page, check to see how many fingers you are holding up.

Too Easy: 0 – 1 fingers

Just Right: 2 – 3 fingers

Too Hard: 4 – 5 fingers