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Finding a just right book!
Third graders may check out 4 books. The library and third grade teachers like to encourage their students to check out at least one chapter book that takes them a few days to read. This builds up their reading stamina, vocabulary, and attentiveness to a more developed story.
A "Just Right" book means a book that is not too hard and not too easy; it is one that they can read and understand mostly on their own. Reading "Just Right" books helps the student become more fluent and a better reader. To find a "Just Right" book, students are taught the 5 Finger Test.
5 Finger Test
Open the book to any page and start reading. For every word that you don't know or understand hold up one finger. If at the end of the page you have
0 fingers the book is too easy
1-2 fingers the book is just right
3+ fingers the book is too hard