Get ready, get set.READ!!!

Growing Independence and Fluency
Michelle Herring

Rationale:Once children have learned the basic decoding skills, it is important to have them practice reading more fluently. Many times children spend so much time trying to decode words that they never learn to read with speed, fluency, and comprehension. One way that children can become more fluent is through faster reading. Children become faster readers through reading and re-reading texts. In this lesson, the children will be doing timed reading exercises to increase their reading speed and then they will be on their way to fluency.

Materials: Paper and pencils to record reading times. One stopwatch per two children. An 11x14 racetrack board and racecar for each student. The book A Napping House by Audrey Wood for each student. Flash cards with the sight words: the, and, of, is, said, to, very, your, and was. The book A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer for the teacher. One poster with the following sentence on it per two children: The black cat likes to sit on the rug.

1. I am going to begin by reviewing some sight words. I will use the sight word flash cards. "Boys and girls, since you are all becoming such wonderful readers, we are going to start working on reading faster. First we are going to practice some words we have already learned. When I hold up a card, you tell me what it says." Go through the cards at least three times. If some students are still having trouble, continue until they are getting them all right.

2. "Now I am going to read a book to you. The book is called A Fish Out of Water by Audrey Wood. A little boy buys a fish. He names the fish Otto. Mr. Carp tells him to only feed him a spot of food. But look, he feeds him the whole box! What do you think will happen to Otto? Do you want me to read the story to you so we can find out?" (yes)

3. "Okay, Im going to give each of you a flash card, while Im reading the story, when you hear your word, hold up your card." Model this and make sure all students understand. Then read the story.

4. "Excellent job. I think were ready to practice fast reading." Divide students into groups of two and give each group a stopwatch, pencil, paper, and the sentence poster. Read the sentence to the class and then have the class repeat it two or three times.

5. Now have each group read the sentence to each other while timing their speed with the stopwatch. Have them read the sentence and record their time three times. Walk around the room while the students are doing this to make sure they are reading the sentence correctly and to see if their times are decreasing.

6. "Wow, we have some really fast readers!" "Now we are going to try reading a whole book fast." Pass out A Napping House to each student. Read the book one page at a time as a class to make sure the students are reading all the words correctly. Speed is not going to increase fluency if the students are misreading words.

7. Give each student a racetrack board, racecar, stopwatch, paper, and pencil. The racetrack is a "mile" long and there are markers every ? mile. Put the students back into groups of two, but make sure they are not with the same partner as before. "Class now you are going to read A Napping House to your partner while he/she times you. You will read it and record your time on your paper. Then your partner will read it and record his/her time. After that, each time you read it and record your time, if your time is faster than the one before you may move ahead one marker. You and your partner will take turns reading. On your mark, get set, READ!"

8. For assessment, walk around and listen to the students as they are reading. Make sure that they are reading the words correctly and decreasing their times.

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