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Reading Fluency- Speed

Laura Earl



Rationale: When children first start reading, it is very slow and drawn out. One of the goals of reading instruction is for students to read fast, accurately, and automatically. In order for students to do this they must learn how to decode words. This lesson will help students read faster and more fluently by letting them read and reread and read with partners and practice assessing each other.

Materials: You will need several copies of the book (each child having their own copy), Kite Day at Pine Lake (Educational Insights).  Each child should have a check-sheet for fluency and expression to evaluate one another.  The teacher can have a chart to put students progress on.  


1.  Explain to the students that good readers read fast, and their words are strung into sentences.  Say:  You have all done a great job with your new reading today.  You used the cover-up and crosscheck method to read words you have never seen before. You cover-up parts of the word to make it easier to sound out. Then you blend the parts together to form a whole word.  You also cross-check by reading on and finishing the sentence to see if the word you said makes sense in the sentence. But, good readers read fast and they donât spend time using cover-ups.  A good way to become a fluent or fast reader is to reread books you have already read.
2.  Say: I will demonstrate for you how a good reader reads fluently or smoothly.  (Take out the book Kite Day at Pine Lake).  I will read the sentence twice and you tell me which one you like better.  Say this one slowly and deliberately, segmenting each phoneme. K-i-t-e  D-a-y  A-t  P-i-n-e  L-a-k-e.  Say this one smoothly. Kite Day at Pine Lake.  Let children raise hand and tell you which one and why.  Say: Yes, the second one sounds much better.  It sounds like I am talking and not reading.  That is how we want our reading to soundálike talking.  This is what I want you to do today when you read.
3.  Say:  The book we will be reading today is Kite Day at Pine Lake.  Book talk:  It is a great day at Pine Lake. Lots of children are at the park flying their kites.  Jeff is flying his big kite.  Fay is flying her colorful kite.  Ike is flying his polka-dot kite.  They are having so much fun! Jan is also at the park flying her kite.  Bob decides to go to the park.  When he gets to the park, he sees all the other children flying their kites.  Bob is sad.  He has no kite.  Find out what he does?
4.  Hand out a copy of the book.  Say: I want you to read this book silently to yourself.  You can read it as many times as you like.
5.  Divide the class into partners.  Let partners take turns reading to one another.  The students listening will fill out a check sheet with these items on it read fast, read slow, read smooth, read choppy, read with expression, read with no expression.
6.  I will assess students by having them read the passage aloud to me during a one minute read.  I will record each students time and chart it on a graph for him or her to see.  

References: Adams, Marilyn Jager. Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print. Illinois:Center for the Study of Reading. 1990.
Kite Day at Pine Lake.  Educational Insights: Carson, CA. 1990.
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