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Deciding on the "Right" Book for You

Sometimes it is hard to think about what book may be "right" for you:  too hard?  too easy?  Use the FIVE FINGER RULE to help you figure this out:

1. choose a book that you think you want to read.

2. open the book to any page and start reading (read one paragraph).

3. hold up a finger each time you miss a word.

4. once you're finished, count the number of fingers that you are holding up:

0 -1 fingers = the book is too easy!  (you can still read it, if you want to)

2 - 3 fingers = just about "right"

4 fingers = challenging, but go on and try this book!

5 fingers = this book is TOO HARD for you right now!  You might enjoy a book that is easier to read!  For example, would a Grade 2 student really enjoy trying to read a Harry Potter book:  at least 600 pages, with very few pictures, when it's very hard to read even one paragraph without missing lots of words?  Think about this!

Happy reading ... !  ;-)


Fun and Helpful Websites!

For help with the Mexico study unit, try this web link:

Mexico Facts for Kids from National Geographic  Kids

If you'd like to read new books -- or have books READ TO YOU (great for early readers!), then try this link: 

The username is tcmartin

The password is books

Happy reading!  ;-)

Want to know about the library organizing system, called the Dewey Decimal System?  Then check out this link to see "The Dewey Decimal Rap":

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    Melody J. Philpotts
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    Melody J. Philpotts, Library Media Specialist
    T.C. Martin Elementary School
    6315 Olivers Shop Road
    Bryantown, MD 20617
    301-753-1748, x007
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