*It’s exciting and fun to read.
*You understand it.
*Your reading is smooth, not robot-like.
*Use the 5 finger rule to check the level.
(No more than 5 unknown words on a page.)
*You make connections and can talk about the book.
How do you know when a book is too hard?
*You have to read word by word and sound out each word.
*You don’t understand it.
*The print may be very small.
*You hold up three fingers (for words you don’t know) at the end of reading one page.
*It’s frustrating, not fun.
How do you know when a book is too easy?
*Not many words on a page.
*May not be interesting or fun to talk about.
*The print is really big.
*You’ve read it too many times!