Many elementary classrooms now give students text level assessments to determine their reading instructional, independent, and frustration levels. Once this is done, it is important that students are making good book choices and not just reading books that are extremely easy or too hard. These leveled lists suggest titles at each level that can be found at local libraries. Since there are so many different leveling systems for books, these suggested lists become very important for parents trying to support their children at home. These lists are aligned with the Fountas and Pinnell leveling system, which is also called the Guided Reading Levels on the Scholastic website. Although there are several websites that will tell you the level of a book, I used the Scholastic Book Wizard website to level most of these titles. I've included the website address so that teachers and parents can look up additional titles. For your convenience, I've also included a level correlation chart aligning other commonly used leveling systems. These include Lexile, DRA, and Reading Recovery.
This packet includes two versions of each leveled list, beginning with Level B (Kindergarten) and continuing all the way to Level Z (7th-8th grades). One version includes the grade level, and the other version is simply the letter level. This makes it easy for you to differentiate book levels in your classroom without calling attention to students that may be reading below grade level and might be embarrassed or defeated by seeing the grade level equivalent on their list. Each list contains two pages except for Levels X, Y, and Z, which are only one page long.
We use these lists at our school, putting a list in each student's report card envelope every quarter. I also have these lists in a designated spot in my classroom, so that other teachers can come at any time and grab what they need. (I am an instructional coach at an elementary school.) Our goal is to provide as many supports as possible so that parents wanting to help their children at home have resources at their fingertips.
Having these lists will save you hours of time trying to compile your own lists. They will be a helpful addition to your file of parent resources. See the preview for examples of several lists.
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