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Thanks for all the advice everyone.. here's the hit.

Denise Cushing
Carson Elementary Library
Denver Public Schools
MLIS Candidate 2011

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


Ann Mansfield, Nat'l Bd. Certified LMS
Opening Day Collections Coordinator
Mackin Library Services
Burnsville, MN.

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. 



Robert L. Shuck, Librarian
Lang Memorial Library
Harvest Christian Academy
Barrigada, Guam
Ph:  671-477-6341  ext 229
FAX  671-477-7136
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 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
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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!
Raynette Schulte
Young Adult Librarian
Watertown Regional Library
Watertown South Dakota
Hi - 
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.
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.
Margie Jones
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.
Good luck,
I am very liberal about student book selection and amount of books  
selected, but I draw the line on chapter books for kindergarten  
students. I really don't encourage chapter book selection until grade  
1, second semester. We have a great collection of picture books  
(especially for a small school in a small town) and once the students  
move on, they never look back!
Deb Hendrickson, 33 years in the business
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 presenting the 
information.  Perhaps adapting Goldilocks and the Three Bears would be a good idea. 
 Combine it with the five finger rule.  Tell the kids that 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 fingers 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, handy (no pun intended), and ready at a moment's notice.  
Then explain what the Five Finger Rule teaches.  You may even wish to construct a 
prop or graphic.
Good luck!
Denise - one of the things we do with "K" through 2 graders is to have stuff animal 
book bags.  We have enough for each student.  We have found a number 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 to get them interested into 
different books. 


Cindy Glavin Library Media Specialist/Computer Teacher Big Timber, MT
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 as
Demco or Highsmith. I think each company has an online catalog.

Sandy Scroggs personal email address
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 "right" 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
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 finding just 
the right book.

Melissa R. Reynolds 
Library Media Specialist 
Keystone Elementary School 
Memphis, TN

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