Finding Good Fit Books
Helping Primary Students with Book Browsing and Selection
"Putting the right book in the right kid’s hands is kind of like giving that kid superpowers. Because one book leads to the next book and the next book and the next book and that is how a world-view grows. That is how you nourish thought."
At the beginning of the school year in my former school, teachers were requested to do The First 20 Days from Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6, by Fountas & Pinnell or The Daily 5 by Boushey and Moser to organize their reading workshops. Both programs involve lessons and practise with choosing just right books to read. I believe the school librarian would be in a perfect position to help students by giving additional instructions and opportunities to find a just right book to borrow from the library and choose texts from the classroom library. My plan will outline a number of activities and tasks to teach primary children while visiting the school to find a just right book.
Activity One: Read Aloud Goldie and Three Libearians
I found some additional resources that could be used to accompany the lesson.
Activity Two: Watch a Video How to Pick a Book that is Right for You
- 5 finger rule
- picture walk
Each of the strategies could be the topic for separate lessons in an entire unit about choosing good fit books in the library. I like the variety in ages of the presenters in the video as children love to see themselves represented and hearing from their peers rather than the teacher. The children speak clearly and do a good job explaining the strategies.
Activity Three: Teach the I PICK Model
I PICK Good-Fit Books
I select a book and look it over, inside and out.
Purpose: Why might I want to read it?
Interest: Does it interest me?
Comprehend: Do I understand what I am reading?
Know: Do I know most of the words?