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Reading Without Limits | Maddie Witter. Shibboleth Authentication Request. Library « DCS Montessori Charter School. Welcome back to school from the DCSM Library! We are very excited to start this new school year! We have many fun things planned for this year and look forward to growing our love for reading! We wanted to let you know some of our library policies, so you know what is going on with your awesome kids! Visiting the library: Each K-6 class visits the library once a week. They will have a short lesson and then check out a book. The library is open a little before and after school and students and parents are encouraged to visit us anytime that we don’t have a class in!

Ms. We keep our theme top secret until the big reveal! We are so looking forward to reading together this year! Happy Reading! Email: Library@dcsmontessori.org If you have a child in 3rd – 6th grade this year that loves to read, consider having him/her join the Battle of the Books (BOTB) Book Club. Book Club will be meeting Thursdays after school from 3:30pm – 4:30pm on October 6, 20, 27 & November 3. Sincerely, Ms. Library Staff. Selecting “Just Right” Books for Independent Reading - The National Institute for Professional Practice. Home › About-Us › A Practical Guide to Selecting “Just Right” Books for Independent Reading Students choose books for independent reading for many different reasons: “I just saw the movie,” “I like the pictures,” “My friend just finished it.”

Students usually choose books that appeal to them visually. The front covers are designed to capture their interest and emotions. However, many students do not choose a book that they can actually read independently and with success (Parks, 2004). A carefully designed program that includes teaching how to choose a book, monitoring the process, and evaluating can impact reading achievement (Routman, 2003). The teacher can provide feedback by matching the book to the reader. If the book is too difficult, it will lead to frustration; too little of a challenge will lead to boredom (Routman, 2003).

Reading lots of easy books will build confidence and fluency. Easy books allow students to focus on the meaning and think deeper about characters and plot. The Daily Five: fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades. Matching Books. Reading Instruction Today: Matching Books and Readers "When a child chooses a book, she or he takes responsibility for learning. Children usually select a book because they are interested in the topic. Therefore, whether the book reflects their reading ability may be secondary, since interest can motivate a child to read a book that may be difficult" (Booth quoted in Dzaldov 223). "...there is a thin line between leveling books and leveling readers...

" "The 'just right' book provides the context for successful reading work and enables readers to strengthen their 'processing power'" (Fountas 1999, 3). Accelerated Reader/ AR Back to top of page Lexile Fountas and Pinnell Fry Readability Graph Five-Finger Method Book Level Comparisons Resources Burns, Bonnie. Calkins, Lucy McCormick. Dzaldov, Brenda Stein and Shelley Peterson. Fountas, Irene C. and Gay Su Pinnell. Fry, Edward. Groce, Robin D. and Eric C. Krashen, Stephen. Lennon, Colleen and Hal Burdick. Melton, Cindy M., et al. Mercurio, Mia Lynn. How to Choose Books for Kids | Westerville Public Library. Learning to Read Reading to Learn Full Report PDF. What makes a good book for young kids.

At a glance The best way to choose a good book is through your child. Good books teach kids things subtly while still telling a great story. Good books are authentic, credible and captivating. Resist the desire to choose only books you read as a kid. Books with vivid imagery, exciting stories and strong characters will not only entertain your child but set them up to enjoy reading for the rest of their life.

What makes a good book for young kids? "Choosing to read over choosing not to read is the most important aspect of introducing your kids to the world of books," says primary school teacher Rosie Charles. However, just as there are guidelines about how often fast food should be served to kids in comparison with wholesome nutritional food, so it is with books. Good literature tends to have layers and depth to it, which is constantly rewarding. What is a good children's book? Good children's books share qualities with good adult novels, Rosie says. Choosing good books for your kids.

Top 10 Children's Books for Starting Out on Chapter Books! Picture books should be read from birth to adulthood, and nowadays publishers cater for this with a plethora of picture book choices for all ages and stages. However, the enjoyment of a longer children’s book also kicks in early and the ability to sustain both attention and comprehension throughout a short chapter book is an important skill to learn. With this in mind I’ve put together a list of books, which are great ones for taking the leap into short chapter books. Part Two is here and Part Three is here. Many of these titles will appeal to both males and females, but check individual book series for appeal and suitability by clicking on each title.

The best books at this stage are ones that are illustrated throughout, and there are a number of titles in my list that have full colour illustrations. Children do not transition from picture books to chapter books, never to return. Favourite Early Chapter Books For the child even vaguely interested in horses, these are a no brainer. School holiday reading for kids of all ages. Encouraging your kids to pick up a few good books during the holidays is a great way to keep their hard-earned reading skills from slipping. Choosing good holiday reading books for your child It may be stating the obvious, but the best books you can buy or borrow for your kids during the holidays are the ones that your child will actually read. Find out how many words they like to see on the page for it still to be fun to read, check out the last book they enjoyed, ask them what topics interest them – and don't be afraid to expand their horizons.

A visit to the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge website lists great books that are available in bookshops. The books are listed in age-challenge levels with lots of detail to check out. When reading to young ones, you may want to pick a book you love too (as you will be reading it over and over with them). Books for young kids Books for tweens Books for teenagers. Focus on reading. Yammer message. Do We Ever Tell Students What They Have to Read During Read to Self? Like everything we do with children, there is not one hard and fast, black and white rule.

Typically our response to this question is that we focus more of our time on teaching children the IPICK method to choosing books that are a good fit for them, rather than picking books that may be a good reading level but ones they may not be interested in. By teaching children IPICK, it gives them a tool to choose books independently for Read to Self time as well as any other reading situation.

This strategy allows children to choose books whether they are in our classroom or school library, public library or book store, and even home. Consequently, our first choice is for children to choose their own books for Read to Self, with our constant vigilance during one-on-one and small group instruction to be certain the books meet their needs. That said, we also know that inevitably we have students that may need more support with picking books for Read to Self.

Helping students choose books for reading pleasure. Librarians and teachers have an important role in helping students learn how to find a ‘just right’ book. Libraries are full of stories and ideas and play a crucial role in giving children and teens free access to books they can choose from. The challenge for students lies in knowing how to successfully browse, preview and select what to read for pleasure – a vital step in reading engagement. On this page Reflecting on own reading practiceEnabling adultsPractical strategiesWhat the library can doOnline strategies and toolsReading cultureReading plansEvidence based practiceFurther information The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. Reflecting on own reading practices When we reflect on how we choose what to read, we can identify skills we use to browse and select books, and the wider contexts that support making reading choices.

How do choose what to read? Enabling adults Reading culture. Books for Early Independent Readers. Or ‘My Child is Reading Chapter Books and I Can’t Find ANYTHING for Them to Read’ At least once a week I receive an email about capable and keen young readers who need books which will stretch them and engage them, readers who are starting to move beyond the very early chapter books like those you might find here.

Sometime within the first three years of schooling, most children start to read somewhat independently and they start looking beyond classroom readers*, and early chapter books, to the great ocean of books in their school or public library. This post is all about the super keen readers, with a voracious appetite for books and I will follow up soon with a post aimed at encouraging more reluctant readers. Last night I chatted with David Curnow on 612ABC Brisbane about some of these books and you can listen to the audio of that interview here.

For what it is worth, here are my thoughts: Reading material should always be age appropriate. Selecting Books for Your Child: Finding 'Just Right' Books. Still think it may not be too difficult? Use the five finger rule on two more pages. Read two or three pages and ask yourself these questions: Will it be an easy, fun book to read? Do I understand what I am reading? If most of your answers were "yes", this will be an easy book to read independently by yourself. Will this book be too hard for me? Are there five or more words on a page that I don't know, or am unsure of? If most of your answers were "yes," this book is too hard. Teaching Tip: Independent Reading Tips. It can be quite difficult for students to choose books that are instructionally appropriate for independent reading. Although the readability of any book largely depends on the interaction with the reader, there are some guidelines that students can be taught to make their own choices.

Here are some helpful questions students should ask themselves while identifying material to read independently in class or at home. If they can answer “yes” to most questions, then the book is likely a suitable choice. Am I interested in the topic of this book and have a reason to read it? Independent Reading by Mraz, Maryann Morgan, Denise N. Rasinski, Timothy Padak, Nancy D. Scaffolding book selection. Marie Clay. Supporting Students As They Read Independently. Our lesson plans are written and reviewed by educators using current research and the best instructional practices and are aligned to state and national standards. Choose from hundreds of topics and strategies. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Home › Professional Development › Strategy Guides Strategy Guide Research Basis Strategy in Practice Related Resources Independent reading lets students practice strategies that they learned during the other instructional contexts along the gradual release of responsibility.

The goals of independent reading are to practice a smoothly operating reading process, to exercise choice, and develop reading interests. Burkins, J.M., & Croft, M.M. (2010). Kuhn, M., Schwanenflugel, P.J., Morris, R.D., Morrow, L.M., Woo, D.G., Meisinger, E.B., et al. (2006). Manning, M., Lewis, M., & Lewis, M. (2010).