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Hi!<br>
I am relativly new to MDC and am finally venturing out to check out the different boards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
I am a SAHM of 3 and we are unschoolers. My oldest pretty much taught himself to read and it's shocking how good he is at it. I am curious about what grade level he is reading at. Does anyone here know if there somewhere I can find out what grade level certain books are consider to be so I can figure it out? I have no interest in testing, I just want to satisfy my own curiosity.<br><br>
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I occasionally refer to a <a href="http://dvasdweb.dvasd.k12.pa.us/magicplace/asp/ardvessearch.asp" target="_blank">Accelerated Reader Database</a> because it does put things into a grade-level context. I disagree with a lot of their ratings, but if you get ratings on a few books and average them together, you'll get a rough idea. The level is readability grade level, the points correlate roughly with the length of the book and complexity of the plot.<br><br>
A better measure of a book's readability is the <a href="http://www.lexile.com" target="_blank">Lexile Framework</a>, but with this you get a Lexile Score, not a grade level. It's quite useful for comparing books though... eg. if you have a child who is grappling with Boxcar Children books and you're wondering if Sign of the Beaver will be too hard for her, the Lexile scores will tell you.<br><br>
Hope that helps!<br><br>
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Here's another database for comparing books (which also has issues):<br><a href="http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home.asp?c=MP+41%3A54%3A8+5002%2F02%2F5" target="_blank">http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_h...+5002%2F02%2F5</a><br><br>
Here is Scholastics interpretation of the lexile framework:<br><a href="http://src.scholastic.com/ecatalog/readingcounts/lexiles/BottomLcontent600L.htm" target="_blank">http://src.scholastic.com/ecatalog/r...ontent600L.htm</a><br><br>
They go in large ranges, so you could be in 1-3 "grade" levels based on your reading.<br><br>
If you feed in "lexile grade range" to a search engine you will get a number of hits, but they aren't all the same.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Grade 1 200-350<br><br>
Grade 2 350-500<br><br>
Grade 3 500-750<br><br>
Grade 4 620-910<br><br>
Grade 5 730- 960<br><br>
Grade 6 800-1030<br><br>
Grade 7 880-1090<br><br>
Grade 8 910-1140<br><br>
Grade 9 1030-1160<br><br>
Grade 10 1080-1210<br><br>
Grade 11 1130-1260<br><br>
Grade 12 1180-1300</td>
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<a href="http://bll.epnet.com/help/ehost/Lexile_Search_Tip.htm" target="_blank">http://bll.epnet.com/help/ehost/Lexile_Search_Tip.htm</a><br><br>
others:<br><a href="http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=lexile+grade+range&sm=Yahoo%21+Search&fr=FP-tab-web-t&toggle=1&ei=UTF-8" target="_blank">http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=lex...gle=1&ei=UTF-8</a>
 

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Check this link for some *quick and dirty* ideas about testing for reading levels<br><br><a href="http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/articles/060899.htm" target="_blank">http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/articles/060899.htm</a>
 

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Thanks everyone! I'm off to explore the links! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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