Literacy for Students K-8: Leveling Books
Foundations of Literacy. Survey of evaluation, selection and utilization of literature of childhood; introduces cognitive and linguistics foundations of literacy; language conventions needed to compose and comprehend oral and written texts. Work in school setting.
Locate Reading Levels
Do you need help in determining a reading level? Sometimes it is printed on the back cover of a book. Many book reviews suggest a reading and/or interest level. If not, check the public websites listed here.
Book Wizard by Scholastic Inc.
Search by topic or title or author, select which reading level measurement you use:
BookSource by Fountas and Pinnell
Search by interest levels (preK-2, grades 3-6, middle school, and high school), by reading level, in many specialty lists (e.g. national awards, math, science, social studies); and in featured lists (e.g. World Read-Aloud Day).
AR BookFinder (Renaissance Learning)
Now reports ATOS and Lexile measures.
Calculating a Reading Level
Anyone can determine the Flesch-Kincaid reading grade level of a text using the software Microsoft Word ©. There is a tool for this that you access from your menu bar. Calculate either an entire document, or highlight a section and then calculate.
1. Go to TOOLS and select OPTIONS and SPELLING & GRAMMAR
2. Select the box CHECK GRAMMAR WITH SPELLING
3. Select the box SHOW READABILITY STATISTICS and select OKAY
4. To generate the readability statistic, select SPELLING AND GRAMMAR from the tool bar at the top of the page. The tool will go through its recommended changes and provide readability statistics at the end.
Calculating Readability without software
Here is a formula used to hand-calculate a Flesch-Kincaid reading level on your own. This is a good tool to determine whether a book is going to challenge a particular reader.
1. Select a few paragraphs to use as your base.
2. Calculate the average number of words per sentence. Multiply the result by 0.39
3. Calculate the average number of syllables in words (count and divide). Multiply the result by 11.8
4. Add the two results together.
5. Subtract 15.59
The result will be a number that corresponds to a grade level. For example, a 6.5 is a sixth grade reading level.
On the Shelf: Books about Leveling
The Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Book List, K-8, by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
Leveled Books, K-8, by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children, by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
Matching Books to Readers: Using Leveled Books in Guided Reading, K-3, by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
Guiding in the Reading Process, by David Booth
Guided Reading: Making it Work, by Mary Browning Schulman
Creating Readers, by Pam Schiller
Online: Websites about Leveling
More Leveled Book Lists
FREE Dibels Data System
The DIBELS measures assess the 5 Big Ideas in early literacy identified by the National Reading Panel:
- Phonemic Awareness
- Alphabetic Principle
- Accuracy and Fluency
Free Readability Screening