► How do I help my child find a "just-right" book to read independently?
We teach students the "Five Finger Rule" to help them decide if a book is at the right reading level for independent reading. Your child should know what it means if you ask him/her to "Use the Five Finger Rule" when choosing books to read. It takes just a minute and helps them select a book that's not too hard and not too easy. It is a good strategy for students of all ages.
► Do you have a list of books that would be good for my child to read?
No two readers are alike, so it is difficult to create one list that will serve all children. Tastes, preferences, moods, and reading skills vary over time and from child to child, so there is no "one-size-fits all" recommendation. We prefer to give you tools that will help you and your child find books that match your own personal needs and interests. Here are some of our favorite online tools.
Scholastic Book Wizard
Books for Boys website
Books for Girls website
"I Hated to Read Til I Read This" Booklist for Boys
Read Kiddo Read
Children's Book Council
Zinger's Top 20 Book Lists (listed by grade)
Leveled Book Lists
► Is my child reading on grade level?
One tool we use to determine a student's reading level is a technique called "text leveling." Your child's teacher can give you this information, and you can use the Text Level Chart to find out an approximate reading grade level.
Biblionasium.com gives a lengthy, yet helpful, explanation of reading levels in the article "What are Reading Levels and why should you care?"
► How can I help my child at home?
Besides your child's classroom teacher, you can ask any of the Morton staff members below for help regarding your child's reading. Each of us has a slightly different role, but we are all willing to help!