Dive Into Reading
reading is an important step to becoming a successful reader. Fluent readers are able to read smoothly and
quickly. When children are able to read
fluently, they can focus more on the content of a story instead of
each word slowly.
and Mudge and the Forever
Cynthia Rylant, die cut lobsters, stopwatches, chart of beach for each
with various pieces of Velcro placed on them
- Explain to children that they have
become great readers and that now we are going to work on reading so
that it flows better when we read aloud. Read
a sample sentence to the children. “Boys
are girls, I am going to read to you a sentence in two different ways. After I get through, I want you to tell me
which one sounds better. Muuddgge hhhaadd
nneeevvveeerrr bbbbeeennn tooo the bbeeeach. Mudge
had never been to the beach. Now which one
sounds better? That’s right, the second
one sounds better. Can someone tell me why
that is? That’s right, because it was
faster and smoother.”
- “Today we are going to work on reading
so that it sounds more like we are talking. Do
we talk slow or do we talk a little fast? That’s
right, we talk somewhat fast. We are going
to need to keep track of how fast we can read a passage and to do this,
I am going to give each of you a chart of the beach and a lobster.” Pass out the stopwatches, charts and lobsters
to each student.
- “I want everyone to place their
lobster on the first piece of Velcro. We
are going to find a partner and practice reading the first story in our
book about Henry and Mudge, “To the Beach”. Time
your partner for one minute when he/she is reading.
After a minute is up, count the number of words that he/she
has read in the minute. Write this number
on the first line under your piece of Velcro. This
is your starting point. Now I want you to
add ten to this number and write it on the next line.
Continue adding ten until all the lines are filled in with a
number. Every day, we are going to work on
reading more words in a minute. When you
increase the number of words, you will be able to move your lobster.
- Allow the students to begin reading. Instruct the students to continue reading
their books until their lobster has reached the water.
- For assessment, call each child to
your desk and have them read their favorite part of the story to you as
you time them for one minute. This will
ensure that you, as the teacher, knows exactly how fluent the child is.
- After the children have finished this
book, ask them to pick their own book from the library and create a
chart on their own to do the same thing. This
will help them continue to be fluent in their reading.
Ribbit, Ribbit: Leap into Speedy Reading. http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/openings/oglesbygf.html
Ready, Set, Read! http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/openings/stewartgf.html
For more information, send an e-mail to Jennifer Pegues
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