A Mouth That Moves Fast
Growing Independence and Fluency
Rationale: This lesson has been designed to help children read more fluently and with speed. The only way children can succeed in becoming a more fluent reader with speed and expression is through reading everyday. Children can also learn to become more expressive through watching others read.

Materials:  I Feel Silly and Other Moods, by Jamie Lee Curtis, that interests the child, construction paper arid markers for the child to create a character, and a review game that relates to the book.

1. First, I will read a book that interest me arid model how the
child should read with expression to help make the book more

2. I will introduce the book to the child with an interesting book talk Hopefully, the book will be a book the child is interested in, but if not I will make it seem interesting with the book talk.  Say, "Okay, you have heard me read a book with lots of enthusiasm, now I want to hear Y0U read a book with lots of excitement".

3.Listen to the child read the book and help them along the way.
   If they do not comprehend a word, help them by sounding it out with
   them and continuing on.

4.After the child has finished reading the book the child will now create that character out of construction paper. I
   will help the child in creating their character.  In doing this the child will be able to use their imagination and

5.When the child has completed his/her character he/she will reread the story using the character and maybe
   even a character-like voice to encourage them to read!  While the child is focused on reading the story with the
   character I will be able to assess the child’s reading.  A checklist should be made of the words to mark the
   miscues and a blank should be on the sheet as well so that I can time the student for speed arid make any other
   comments about the child’s style of reading.

6.To finish up if time allows I will develop a review game that reviews
    many of the concepts he/she has learned in previous lessons.  All
    children love to be creative and play games so; this will be a great
    lesson to make reading fun!

  Reference: Eldredge, JL. (1995). Teaching Decoding in
   Holistic Classrooms.  New Jersey: Prentice Hall (pg 126).
Beth Windham

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