Good Fit Books!

books I choose by myself are the best for me to read!

Welcome to 1B

We are hard at work in 1B! Right now we are continuing our work on choosing books that are a good fit for us. Before we learn about good fit books let me tell you what our work in literacy looks like

The Daily 5

Every day in our classroom we participate in the Daily 5. The components of the Daily 5 include read to self, read to someone, word work, work on writing, and listen to reading. Each of these components help students to develop their literacy skills. Each day, I will begin with a mini lesson teaching students a specific literacy skill for them to independently practice during the Daily 5. Every student has their own book box. Students have been learning how to choose their own books for their book boxes from our classroom library. They will use the books from their book boxes during the Daily 5 so it is very important that these books are good fit books.


Studies have shown that students are more engaged in their reading when they self select books that they are able to read independently. (Allington, Every Child Every Day). It is frustrating to try to focus on reading a book that is just too hard. In our classroom, we will use the I PICK acronym to help us choose good fit books. This stands for: I choose my books. Purpose-why am I reading this book? Interest- Do I like it? Comprehend- Do I understand? Know- Do I know most of the words? Each week students will book shop in our classroom library and self select their books that are just right for them. You can use this strategy at home and in the community at libraries and book stores as well. We even learned a fun song to help us when we choose our own good fit books :) Watch this video for another example relating choosing good fit books to choosing shoes.

Helping your child

Learning how to choose good fit books takes time! It is a learning process that your child will need support in accomplishing. Make it fun for your child! If the number of books to choose from is too overwhelming, try to limit the choice by choosing a handful of books you know your child will have an interest in. Then use the IPICK strategy to help them to self select texts from within the limited selection. Take an interest inventory. Ask your child what they like to read about, and what they are interested in. When you have your list created you can search online or at the bookstore to books that fit this interest. Then work with your child to be sure they can read the words and understand what they are reading. If the book is of very high interest, but not a good fit book yet, take it home anyway model what good reading sounds like by reading the book aloud to your child and talking about the book. With more practice at home and at school your child will become an expert at choosing good fit books.
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Where can I get books?

Other great places to get books include local bookstores and many thrift stores

My child is reading a good fit book, now what?

Once your child has selected some really good fit books it is time to go on an adventure in a book! One crucial way you can support your child is by providing them time to read their texts. Ask them questions about what they are reading. Encourage them to use our reading strategies while reading. Most of all... READ, READ, READ! Help your child to foster a love of reading by showing them how much fun it can be. Allow time for you to read aloud to your child as well. Children need to hear fluent reading to help develop their reading skills. Have fun!
Reading with your children

More Literacy Information

During the Daily 5, children participate in different areas of literacy including reading, writing, listening and making words. Are you interested in incorporating these areas at home as well? Great! Here are some ideas to get you started...

- keep a journal: encourage your child to write about their day and activities

- notice environmental text: point out stores, teams, restaurants anywhere you see them! You can even keep a list of these words

- keep a reading log: Have your child write down all of the books they have read

- make words: Do you like to play scrabble? Take out those scrabble tiles and play a making words game

- practice sight words: practice reading, making, and writing sight words you can practice finding sight words inside of books too

- read with your child: sit elbow to elbow, knee to knee just like we do in the classroom and take turns reading books with your child

- use raz-kids at home for an experience with listening to reading or have your child close their eyes while you read to them to visualize and make a movie in their head!

- write! : make cards, lists, letters, books, be creative!

More tips: Learn more about first grade here