It’s all in the Fluency

Growing Independence and Fluency

By: Natalie Fidler




            To help a students become skillful readers they need to able to read and decode words in decodable texts and other books.  When students begin to reading decodable texts they become more fluent.  The following lesson is designed to help students read decodable texts.  The lesson will also review the students writing.



paper and pencil

chart: characters, plot, setting, problem, and solution. 


Chart with decoding tips like: cross-checking and cover-ups





1.)  The students will begin this lesson by going to the library.  They will have the chance to look through books to find the books that appeal to their interest. It must be approved by the teacher before checking it out.


2.)  When the class returns from the library they will receive about 40 min. to read. “Now that we all have our books, let’s spend about 40 min. reading our books silently.  Remember the tricks that we talked about incase we come across word we do not know.  They are listed on the board for help: cross-checking and cover-ups. But, let’s do one for practice... if we come to the word different 1.) we would finish the sentence. 2.) ciover up the word 3.) change the guess 4.) read the sentence again” (use a word the students might be having problems with).


3.)   When the 40 min is up the children will have to chance to practice their writing skills. “Class, now I want to use the chart to fill out the parts of a story: characters, plot, setting, problem, and solution.  When this is completed I also want you to come up with your own ending of the book.”


4.)   As each group is finishing this would be a good time to teach a lesson on a correspondence that the whole class seems to be struggling with for example: ay=/A/.


5.)    In order to be assessed the student must choose a classroom text and will read it to the teacher individually.  Using a stopwatch the teacher will time the student read for 1 min.  To help increase a child’s fluency this must be done at least 3 times.


6.)   For assessment the teacher will use books that she is familiar with and take time with individual students to work on decoding ability.






            Kemp, Susan K. Fluency is the Key!

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