Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Just Right Books

It seems like I am always teaching about finding "Just Right" books to every grade and this week it's first grade's turn.

I begin by reading Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins.

I then go over the Five Finger Test and we also watch a short video on Brain Pop Jr. about choosing a book.  If you have a subscription, you can watch the video by clicking here.  I start the video at 2:22.

Finally, I let the kiddos color on a worksheet I made to help them remember what we talked about.  You can get a copy of the worksheet here or by clicking on the picture above.  If you are having trouble downloading the file, please refer to the picture below.

These "Good Fit Book" bookmarks would be fun to pass out, too.  You can get them here or by clicking on the picture above.

How do you teach "Just Right" books?


  1. I use this book, too. It's a very cute story about choosing books that are just right. I stopped emphasizing the 5 finger method a few years ago, though, when I asked a student to read a paragraph and count the number of words he didn't know. As he read, I counted 7 mistakes. When I asked him how many words he didn't know, he said "none"! Sometimes they don't know that they don't know!

    1. I find that they need a chance to practice the five finger test with a teacher several times in order to really understand and know how to use it. That's what we'll be doing next week. =)

  2. I could not get the copies of the color page or book marks to open for me. Can you send them to me or repost?

    1. You can get to the color page here: Just Right Books Worksheet and the bookmarks here: Good Fit Books Bookmarks And they are both available on my Freebies page.