Betsy Thomas

Rationale:

Materials:
- Class copies and teacher copy of book:  Arthur’s Reading Race by Marc Brown
- Stopwatch:  one for each partner group
- Class bulleting boards with characters Arthur and D.W. on it to place each students poster on it to display achievement
- Individual posters for class with numbers graphed on it for each child to place small pictures of books on for tracking fluency progress
- 3 small decorative books for each student with each students name on them

Procedure:
1.“To start off our activity today, we are going to review a strategy we can use when we don’t recognize a word.  If we come to the letters b a c k   but cannot read the word, first we look at the vowel sound. In this word, says /a/. Next I go to the beginning sound. b says /b/ . If we add the vowel sound we have "baaaaa" “Finally, we look at the last sound. It is ck=/k/. Now put all three sounds together to read "baaaack. Back! Great job! When we come to words we don't know when we are reading, one way to figure out the word is by using this vowel-first method to figure it out."

4. Everybody did such a great job with this activity, but to get better, you have to practice. I want for everyone to practice as much as you can, because the more you practice, the faster you get, and the more you will be able to read and understand.  You can take the books that I passed out today home and practice your reading with your parents or guardians. I want for everyone to remember when you are reading what we talked about today, what to do when you get stuck on a word and how to read fluently.

Assessment:
Students can be assessed for fluency by one minute reads.  The students will use fluency charts to keep up with their progress by moving their small pictures of books on the bulletin board for the highest WPM after 3 one minute reads.  After a book is read 3 or 4 times, a new book will be introduced and one minute reads should be repeated 3 or 4 more times
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References:

1. Up, up and away by Kathryne Clark
http://www.auburn.edu/%7Emurraba/invent/clarkgf.html

2. On your mark, get set, GO!!!!! By Meredith Mosley

3. Arthur’s Reading Race by Marc Brown. Beginner Books. 1996