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									Kindergarten picking "just right" books

The website for "readwritethink" (which can now be found through=20
Thinkfinity, I believe) has a great lesson for finding a "just right"=20
book, using a "Goldilocks" example.

If you get any good tips on this would you let me know or the
list-serve. I struggle with this one as well. What I finally did is
put all the picture books in a certain area and put them on red shelves.
The K5 and 1st grade, go there until the can handle chapter books. I
have those. Beginning chapter books, in a separate area as well. Once
they get into 3d grade I teach them the 5 finger rule on picking a book
that is their age level.

The book that has the lesson about the shoes and serves as a really good reference source
for developing the skill of choosing just right books is called "The Daily 5: Fostering
Literacy Independence in The Elementary Grades by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser. The
ISBN number is 1-57110-429-1. Hope this helps.

Getting kids to pick appropriate books:
I have a small portable display shelf of picture books and one of easy
nonfiction for my kinders. They choose from these two shelves which are
located right beside the story rug.
For first graders, I display lots of picture books in the windows and on
top of shelves to entice them. My clerk is great about sending them back
to find a better level if they want a chapter book. (We also check with
the teacher to see if they indeed should be getting chapter books...we
learned that the hard way.)

Here is what I did for We're going on a book hunt. By the way, it came
with lesson ideas.
The kids chanted the repeated sentences as we came to them in the story.
We discussed how this was like and different than Goldilocks...no time for
venn diagram, but this would also be good to do!

I created the following 3 SmartBoard Notebook pages. You could also do
these ideas with a document camera, overhead projector, or pocket chart.

1) the kids moved the pictures around to put the story in the correct
order as they retold the story.
2) the kids moved the sentences around until they were in the correct
order, then we chanted it together again.
3) I discussed each letter with the students. (this came from the idea
packet)
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I bought a poster to go with it and put it up by the picture book shelving

Here's what I did for 2nd grade. You could adjust the book you choose if this will help
you at all. I would begin class by reading from "The Hobbit". After about 3 pages, I'd
ask the kids what was happening in the book. They'd all look at me like I was a complete
idiot. Then I'd say "oh darn, this book is way above a 2nd grade level, no wonder
everyone is confused by what is happening". Gave me a chance to choose a more
appropriate book that we could enjoy reading together, and to talk to them about choose
'just right books'. Good Luck!

I like to use Goldilocks and the Three Bears as the basis for this lesson, since many kids
are already familiar with it. I read it first and then I talk about how when you look for a
good book to read, we can use what Goldilocks learned (too hard, too easy, just right). It
goes with the whole 5 finger rule thing. I pass out beginning reader books and let them
see how many fingers they are holding up and go on to a series of the next level of books,
etc. I usually try to squeeze in a search for the copyright date as well during this lesson!
There is a book by Upstart/Library Sparks called Goldie Socks and the Three Librarians.
http://www.highsmith.com/upstartbooks/search/goldi%20socks/
I bought it last year but it didn't arrive in time for this lesson. I did give out the
bookmarks from this same company/book title and have the poster hanging up in the
media center as another reminder of the kinds of books they should read. Finally, during
this lesson I let them check out an extra book but this one must be one that they used the
five finger rule to determine that it's a just right book for them to read.

I didn't really like the Going on a Book Hunt, but that might just be me. I really DO like
Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians....after reading the
original Goldilocks, first graders especially like this story and "get it"
, especially with the surprise ending.
then I use the 5 finger rule, but these might not be as appropriate for kindergarten

Do you know the five finger rule for finding the just right book?
You could "model" this concept. If you read the first pages and find only 1
word you don't know then the book is too easy. If you don't know 4-5 words,
the book is too hard. If you don't know 2-3 words, the book may be just right. Different
teachers set the numbers differently.
Also, it would depend on interest.

I am very liberal about student book selection and amount of books =20
selected, but I draw the line on chapter books for kindergarten =20
students. I really don't encourage chapter book selection until grade =20
1, second semester. We have a great collection of picture books =20
(especially for a small school in a small town) and once the students =20
move on, they never look back!
Deb Hendrickson, 33 years in the business
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I used the "We're Going on a Book Hunt" title, and, let me tell you, it is =
long! For the younger audiences with which I used it (K, 1), they appeared=
bored. I must confess, I was bored, too!

You may wish to avoid using this title and go with another method of presen=
ting the information. Perhaps adapting Goldilocks and the Three Bears woul=
d be a good idea. Combine it with the five finger rule. Tell the kids tha=
t they are looking for books that are NOT TOO HARD, NOT TOO EASY, but JUST =
RIGHT. Tell them that the Five Finger Rule is a good tool because your fin=
gers are tools that are always with you. You won't forget them. You don't=
have to go search in a toolbox or in a drawer. They are always there, han=
dy (no pun intended), and ready at a moment's notice. Then explain what th=
e Five Finger Rule teaches. You may even wish to construct a prop or graph=
ic.
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Good luck!
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Sharon
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Denise - one of the things we do with "K" through 2 graders is to have stuf=
f animal book bags. We have enough for each student. We have found a numb=
er of stuffed animals to go with picture books. We purchased plastic book =
bags. Students then get to choose one and check out each week. Great way t=
o get them interested into different books.=20


Five finger rule- student looks to see how many words he/she doesn't know.
If five fingers go up quickly, the book will be hard for the student to
read. I bought a poster from one of the library promotion companies such a=
s
Demco or Highsmith. I think each company has an online catalog.
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My kids loved "We're Going On A Book Hunt". As I read, I had them help me =
with the repetitive parts so they really got the ideas to help find the "ri=
ght" book. I think reading through it twice would be a good idea and they =
would really be getting into "their parts".

Have fun with it!
Yemia Simonis
Anacortes Schools
Anacortes, WA
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I use the book Goldisocks & the Three Libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins. It=
's a fractured version of Goldilocks & the Three Bears but it talks about f=
inding just the right book.

Melissa R. Reynolds=20
Library Media Specialist=20
Keystone Elementary School=20
Memphis, TN=20
melreynolds@hotmail.com

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