Choosing The Right Book

The Five Finger Test

Choosing The Right Book For You
The Five Finger Test

Sometimes it is difficult to know if a book is going to be too easy or too hard to read just by looking at. You can "test" the book before you get frustrated by using your 5 fingers:

  1. Choose a book that you would like to borrow.
  2. Find a page to read near the middle of the book with lots of words and few or no pictures.
  3. Start reading aloud in a whisper so you can hear the places where you are having difficulty.
  4. Wave Your Book GoodbyePut up one finger for each word you don't know. If you put up five fingers before you reach the end of the page, wave the book "good-bye,' it is not a good choice for right now. Try it again later in the year.
  5. If you know all the words, but are reading very slowly and decoding almost every word, you will not enjoy this book.
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