I immediately charged out to buy my very own pile of gloves (yes…that’s my pile in the picture) and used them to demonstrate a perfect fit to my students. Of course some gloves were too big/ too scratchy/ too floppy/too bulky/ the floral pattern wasn’t right for me… and so I continued until I finally demonstrated my favourite pair of gloves which were the perfect fit for me.
In the same way, when kids select books for independent reading, they need to choose books that are just right for them i.e. books that are a perfect fit just for them.
I also love the idea of the glove, because it is a tremendous fit with the five finger test that I teach kids to use for choosing the right book:
- Hold out five fingers on your hand.
- Read the first page of the book.
- Every time you come across a word you cannot read or do not understand, put one finger down.
- If you get to the end of the page and all five fingers are down, well then that book is not a good choice for you right now. You may choose to share it with an adult or try it again at a later stage.
- If you have no fingers down, the book is probably too easy for you. However, if you are really enjoying the content and it looks like a book that you would love to read, then go for it.
- One or two fingers down mean that that book would probably be a great reading choice for you.
My pile of gloves has now been tacked up to the wall as a reminder to choose books that fit like a glove. I love the way the kids have connected with the strategy. Thank you Lessonplansos for sharing!