When choosing a book for speech and language therapy you want to make sure that the text matches your student’s reading level. There are several tools that you can use that will make this easier.
Scholastic has a tool called Book Wizard: http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/
This will give you grade level, reading level, DRA level or Lexile level. It is also an app that you can have on your phone that allows you to scan the bar code and get the reading level. It is a free service.
So for the book: It’s Mine here are the statistics:
by Leo Lionni
Interest LevelGrades K – 2
Grade Level Equivalent2.9
GenreComedy and Humor, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths
Reading motivation programScholastic Reading Counts! , Accelerated Reader
Using this information you would know that it is a kindergarten interest level but nearly a 3rd grade reading level. If you use it with a kindergartener it would be a read aloud by an adult, if it was a third grader you would expect the child to be able to read it easily.
There is also another tool called Lexile Analyzer: https://lexile.com/
This will allow you to make an analysis of a selection of text. The procedure is really simple and there is a video that explains the process. Signing up is free.
Here is a passage that a student clinician was going to use with a client. It was appropriate because of the student’s interest but when we did the Lexile levels it was too complex for the student’s reading level.
“A special education teacher is someone who works with children and youths who have a variety of disabilities. Children with special needs require unique instruction by specially trained professionals to help them achieve their highest potential and strive to progress beyond their limitations. Special education teachers are patient, understanding educators dedicated to giving each individual student the tools and guidance needed to help them maximize success.”
The Lexile score for this one is
Mean Sentence Length
Mean Log Word Frequency
Now we look at the standards, this comes from the Common Core Curriculum.
You need to insure you have the right Lexile Levels. This passage would be too difficult for the student that it was picked for.
Here are some other resources:
Reading chart that is month by month on the Fountas and Pinnell
This has many resources listed on it that tells you how to level books.
How to determine reading levels Running Record calculator
How do you know what the student’s reading levels are? The below resource gives you what accuracy and comprehension levels you should be aiming for.