For even more resources for parents,
check out the
 "Read All About It" website!

► 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
Guys Read
"I Hated to Read Til I Read This" Booklist for Boys
Series Books
Reading Rockets
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?
Richer Than Gold
By Strickland Gillilan
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be--
I had a mother who read to me.
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► I need more answers. Who can I contact at Morton?

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!

Mrs. Traci Gilmer
Mrs. Wendy Boukal
Mrs. Heidi Neumann

Mrs. Gilmer is a Literacy Interventionist at Morton. She works primarily with students in Kindergarten and First Grade who struggle with foundational reading skills. She works on building letter and sound relationships, word building, and reading strategies to decode words. She builds confidence in her students so they feel reading is fun.

Mrs. Boukal is a Literacy Interventionist at Morton. She works primarily with students in grades 2-5 who are not reading on grade level. She works to increase a student's skills and confidence in the areas of decoding and comprehension.

Mrs. Neumann is Morton's Teacher-Librarian. She wears many hats at Morton, but one of her favorites is helping students find "just right" books when they come to the library. She loves reading aloud to students of all ages and seeing them fall in love with a particular book, author, or series. She promotes a busy, active library where students feel comfortable and are excited about finding their next reading treasure.