Finding fun ways to help students develop a love of reading takes a bit of planning. As educators, we want our student to be successful and find “Just right books”. Meaning they are reading books that interest them and are written on their reading level. If students are reading “just right books”, their comprehension is increased. When students select books they are interested in, they are more likely to enjoy reading. When students enjoy reading, they become lifelong readers! Today we will discuss ways to encourage students to select and read “just right books” with a few simple strategies.
This is a great way to teach search strategies. Students and teachers can filter online catalogs to find exactly what they need. Students learn strategies to get desired results. The search can be by author, subject, title, reading level, as well as a series.
Five Finger Rule
Have students open to the book that interests them to any page and hold up 5 fingers. As they read and come across a word they are unfamiliar with or can’t read they put a finger down. When they finish the page, they can visually see if the book is just right for them. All fingers down=too challenging. A few fingers down=a bit challenging. No Fingers down=Just Right!
Students love to share their love of reading. Here are some additional ideas that encourage reading in the classroom or library.
- Display “posters” of favorite just right books made by students.
- Display mini book reviews for just right books.
- Develop a 5 star rating system and have students rate their just right books.
- Encourage sharing of bookshelves on Big Universe.
I know a student has found a “just right” book when they are excited to share it! Helping students find the right book for is possible when you have a plan in place. We love to hear from our readers, what strategies are helping students find just right books in your classroom or library?