Easy Readers Bundle - Level 3
The number of words increases slightly in Green level books. Stories have a wider variety of characters and events which develop over a number of pages. Sentences may include lists of things or actions, and adverbs are used frequently to begin sentences. The books begin to use capital letters to support reading with expression.
The growing complexity in the story lines is reinforced through the development of inference and prediction using visual literacy.
How to support your child reading Green level books:
Your child is now developing into a more confident reader. Encourage them to select from books at the library or bookshop as well as those from school. As they read, you can help by encouraging them to:
- Sound out quickly – and silently – inside their heads, if they need to sound out words.
- Look at the punctuation marks. You may want to model how to read a page of writing, paying attention to punctuation, such as full-stops and question marks.
- Tell you about what the characters in the story are doing and why they are acting in that way.
- Show you how they can find particular things that interest them in non-fiction books.
At Orange level, the page count increases from 16 pages to 24 pages to challenge and encourage reading stamina. There is an increased use of dialogue to encourage reading with expression.
Orange Level books introduce some complex sentences (use of ‘if’, ‘so’ and ‘because’) and include italics to show emphasis. Slightly more literary language is used. Children are increasingly encouraged to infer meaning from the text in order to gain full enjoyment from the story.
How to support your child reading Orange level books:
Your child is now beginning to read with more independence. They should be feeling more confident and will rarely need to sound out words. You can help them by:
- Listening to them when they read aloud. If they make mistakes, but they keep the sense of the text, don’t interrupt. You can revisit that page at the end of the session to check certain words.
- Reminding them of useful strategies if they can’t read a word, for example:
1. Sounding the word out silently, under their breath
2. Dividing a longer word into syllables, or looking at the
word without an –ing or an –ed ending
Don’t allow them to worry about a word. Tell them what it says and revisit the word once you have completed the book.
- Encouraging some use of expression, especially for character- speech in fiction books. You may wish to model reading some pages aloud for your child to copy.
- Talking about how characters are feeling.