Selecting a Just Right Book Using the 5-Finger Test (Paula Huddy)
The 5-Finger Test is one way to "test" a book to see if it is a "Just Right" book. To begin, students choose a book they think they would like to read. They find a page of text somewhere in the middle of the book and, holding up one hand, start to read aloud. Each time they come to a word they don't know, they put down a finger. If three to five fingers are down before they get to the end of the page, the book is probably too difficult. If they have just one or two fingers down when they finish reading the page, the book is just what they need to grow as a reader.