If you have not used the Google Reading Level filter here is a quick three step tutorial on how to get things setup and working.
- Enter your Search material into the Google Search box.
- Click on the Search tools button after Google displays your search results.
- Click on the All results drop down menu and select Reading level
The search results will then be reorganized according to the reading level and displayed by Google in a table similar to the one below. Google identifies the reading levels as Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.
One additional option with the table above is that it is functional, so you could click on Intermediate and it will reorder your search results one step further.
I have to say that I had a great time working with this group of teachers and they were very appreciative of the information that I had shared with and showed them how to use in a classroom setting with students. Most told me later that they used the Google Reading level filter on their next research topic with their students.
It seems, to me, to be a tool that does not get enough credit for what it could do for students. So give it a try, and see for yourself, the next time you are working with students on a research topic to see if things make more sense.