Wednesday, August 22, 2012

High Interest Low Readability Help!

Hola mi amigos and amigas!  This is going to be short and sweet!  I need your help.  I teach third grade, so my kiddos should be reading a 28 DRA or Fountas and Pinnell M.  I have a ton of readers on a DRA 10-12 or Fountas and Pinnell G-H.  The problem is they don't want to read "baby books" as they call them and no matter how awesome or cool I make them seem, they don't want to read the books...  Do you know of any high interest low readability books for third graders reading at a first grade level?  I need suggestions!

Also, I have had some questions about my class schedule, so I decided to include it here.  I have also attached my lesson plan page which you can edit to your liking.  In math I do center rotations.  Read my past blog post about that here.

Thanks for your help and advice!


  1. I like that you have two different recesses - nice! However....20 minutes for lunch?? How do you have time to eat?

    Mrs. Allen’s 5th Grade Files

  2. Did you ever receive any replies to your high interest low readability books question. I am tutoring at an at-risk elementary and cannot get my first and second grade students "hooked" on reading. Both are struggling readers but do not relate to Suess, Eric Carle, etc. Any suggestions?
    Thanks Amy!

  3. Check out High Noon Publications for struggling readers.

  4. Check out High Noon Publications for struggling readers.

  5. I've found that nonfiction books can snag these students. The Pearson PYP Baccalaureate books are beautiful and engaging. Similar series by Longman are also good.
    Beyond nonfiction, try joke books (not good for ELL students, tho) or books that include silly rhymes (Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky). Jokes are short and demand comprehension, and rhymes give auditory clues to struggling readers.
    None of these genres will teach plot development or character or literary concepts, but they may provide the hook these students need.


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