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Good-Fit Books

First Goal—Read Appropriate Level Texts that are a "Good Fit"

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Leanne Norton shares how she teaches her students to choose a good-fit book.

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I PICK Reader's Theater

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Review I PICK with this reader's theatre script.

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One Book, Many Readers

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Five book clubs that promote enjoyment of a shared text.

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Create Your Own Book Box and Advance Schoolwide Reading

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Give your students a glimpse into your reading life by building and sharing the contents of your book box. Get one or more colleagues on board and see what happens!

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Three Guilt-Free Tips for Weeding the Library

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Considering these three simple will help you determine what is still worthy of being in your classroom library and what isn't. 

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8 Ideas for Keeping Reading Motivation High

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These eight ideas will help keep interest high until the last bell of the school year rings.

 
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Modeling I PICK with Our Personal Reading

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One way to share good-fit books is to show how our own reading material fits each I-PICK criterion. 

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Reviewing Good-Fit Books

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Any time is a good time to review the I-PICK method of choosing a book. 

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To Level Books or Not to Level Books, That Is the Question

The practice of leveling classroom libraries and school libraries, and asking students to choose only books within their "level," is a hot topic. Here are some thoughts. 

 

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Abandoned Books and Lack of Engagement: What to Do?

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This tried-and-true strategy may work for you if you have a student who continually abandons books. 

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The Importance of Readability

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Research on the importance of readability has made us abandon the five-finger rule. 

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Book Box Check

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Lori Sabo shares the form her kids use to assess the contents of their book boxes.  

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Helping Students Become Readers

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Here is how we made reading one of Sandra's Top 10 favorite activities, and what you can do to help your students

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Ensuring the Selection of Good-Fit Books

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Gail and Joan share how they help to make this important skill a priority in their classrooms.

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Meet the Demands for Wide Reading With This Common Sense Approach

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"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." This approach broadens reading horizons, honors choice and factors in good-fit books. Here are a few ways to expand students' reading repertoires in the sports zone.

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Sticking With a Book

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Beth Lawson is checking in with Jeffery to see how he is doing with his goal of sticking with a book from beginning to end.

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Building Fluency and Expression in Older, Struggling Readers

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It can be challenging for older, struggling readers to honor where they are in their literacy journey and to choose books that are a perfect fit, especially when those books are considerably easier than the books their peers are reading. Here's an idea that really works.

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Holding Students Accountable for Having Good-Fit Books

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In this video, Katie explains why the purpose of her current conferring sessions is to check to make sure students have books that are a good fit.

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Book Share Promotes Reading

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A few times a month, Bob Johnson's fifth graders do a book talk to promote what they are reading. They call it Book Share and it is a favorite of everyone in the class.

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Shopping for Good-Fit Books

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Suzanne Rea shares ideas for promoting an atmosphere of sharing and shopping for books.

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Broaden a Student's Interest in Books, New Genres, Series, and Authors?

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If your students seem stuck on a series or genre, don't worry.

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Help For Students Who Abandon Books

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Rarely does a year go by without us having at least one of these students in class. Here's our top tip for helping them become a voracious reader.

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Helping Children Choose Good-Fit Books

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We have tried many different ways to have children choose their good-fit books. Here are some of our favorites.

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Do We Ever Tell Students What They Have to Read During Read to Self?

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We believe strongly in the power of self-selected reading. We teach and reinforce I Pick throughout the year, and provide extra scaffolding and support for students who need it.

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3 Ways to Build in Time for Students to Choose Their Good-Fit Books

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In this video Joan talks about three different ways we provide opportunities for children to choose books.

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