Baseball Fun!

Growing Independence and Fluency Stage

Rational: In order for students to read in a timely manner, fluency is needed. Gaining fluency is an important part of reading education. Reading fluency includes automatically recognizing words. The goal of this lesson is to increase fluency with timed one minute readings.

Materials:
-Stopwatch for each group of students
-A baseball field with a baseball that goes around the field (use velcro to move the baseball).  The field will have numbers all the way around it from 0-100 counting by 5’s. Each time the student reads, calculate the number of words read correctly in one minute.  Then move the baseball around the field to the number of words read correctly.
-Chalk and chalkboard
-Book:  Lee and the Team (Educational Insights book)
-Pencil and paper

Procedures:

1. I will begin by explaining to the students how important fluency is in reading, and give examples of a fluent and nonfluent reader. "Today we are going to practice reading passages quickly, smoothly, and with expression.  When we read fluently our reading sounds more like we’re “talking” because it is much smoother!  Then I will

2.  I will now introduce our book by doing a book talk: Lee is the leader of a baseball team. His team is going to be late for the game because they don’t want to run. They want to sit under a tree. Will they make it to the game on time? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

3. Pair students up.  "Read the second sentence out of our book to your partner. Then each of you read the sentence 5 times to yourself.  By reading it over and over you will be able to understand it better and read it quickly and smoothly.  Now, read the sentence to each other out loud again.  Notice how each other reads the sentence." (Read sentence out loud to students.)

5. "Now that everyone has gotten all the way around the bases its time to write your name on the paper where you wrote down the number of words per minute. Please bring those papers to me."

6. Assessment: Have students turn in paper with number of words read correctly in one minute.  There should be a steady increase in the number of words.

References:

Cushman, Shelia and Kornblum, Rona. Lee and the Team  Phonics Readers.  Educational Insights, 1990.