Ready, Set, Read!

Ashley Farrow

Rationale: The goal of this lesson is to assist students in developing reading fluency and expression. It is important for students to grow their reading fluency and expression to develop increased reading comprehension and speed. This fluency lesson will have students read a decodable text and be partnered for reading in order for the students to increase speed in reading and develop understanding of their readings. This lesson is for students to develop strong reading fluency skills through repeated readings. When a student reads several times, they are using one of the best ways to develop fluency because each reading helps the student gain a better knowledge of the text.



White board, White board markers, Book: The Race for Cake by Geri Murray. Timer for each pair of students. Reading Time Sheet for each student.



1.  Question students about the definition of fluency. Does anyone know what fluency means? Allow responses. Fluency is being able to read faster and smoother at the same time. We want to become fluent readers because it helps us to know and understand what we are reading, and remember more words. However, for us to become fluent readers, we have to practice reading to get better.


2. Using the white board, write: "The fat pig ate too much food."  (I will model reading fluently and not fluently.) Now we are going to practice saying the sentence. First, I will read it: Ttthhheee ffffaaattt pppiiiiggg aaaatttee ttttoooo mmuuucccch. Students should recognize the reading is slow and lacks expression because the words were hard. Ask the students if that reading sounded like I could read fluently.  Give time for responses.  Now read the sentence quickly and with great expression. "The fat pig ate too much food."  The students should recognize that this reading sounded much better than the first.  Now class, why did the second reading sound so much better?  That's right because the second time I read the sentence with fluency.  We want to learn to read so that every time we read, we can read with fluency!


3. Now I want you to try.  I am going to pass out some decodable books.  I want you to read through these books and use them to practice your fluency.  Each student gets a copy of The Race for Cake. I am also going to give each of you a set of headphones.  I want you to put on the headphones so that you do not distract each other while you are reading.  Remember how I modeled reading fluently?  That is how I want you to read these books.

Book Talk:  Jess and Ben are swimming when they smell something delicious. They know their mom is baking a cake. Yum! They race to the house, but they didn't know their dog Lad is coming with them. Let's see what happens when Lad joins the race for the cake!


4. Now, you are going to read this book to yourself. Pass out the books. You will be reading this book three times. Make sure that when you read, you understand what you read, so that later, you will be able to read the story more fluently.  When you have finished, please raise your hand so that I can pair you with a partner.


5. After completing the self-readings, students should be partnered. With your partner, you will be reading through the same book, but do something different. Pass out the time sheets. When your partner is reading to you, you will time them while they read. Count how many words they read correctly during one minute and write the number of words correct on your sheet.  Ready, set, race to read!


6. Assessment: I will evaluate the students as they work in partners to hear them read as quickly and smoothly as possible. I will also look at the one minute readings that they take for each other. 



Buckelew, "Sailing Into Fluency,"

Lindsay Phillips, "The Race is On,"




Reading Time Sheet


Name____________________________                     Date____________________




          After 1st read:__________________

          After 2nd read:__________________

          After 3rd read:__________________

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