Ritta’s Book Club and Resources
The New Jersey Department of Education has recommended that every student read 25 books per year in order to develop strong reading abilities. We want to join the state in encouraging students to read a variety of books on their own. For students to reach this goal, they need to find books that are “JUST RIGHT“. To help students find these books, they have been taught the “five finger” test. The child chooses a book that interests him or her. He or she then reads a full page out loud. As the child reads, he/she should count on their fingers each unknown word. If there are five or more unknown words on this page, the book is too challenging. If the child knows all the words, the book is too easy. If there are two or three unknown words on the page, the child has found a “just right” book.