Fly Away with Fluency

Gaining Fluency Lesson Design
Maribeth Ward

Rationale:

Materials:

-Speed Reading Record for each student

-Partner check sheet for each student

-Stop Watches - one for each pair of students

-Pencils for students

-Whiteboard

-Marker

-Coverup buddies for each student (a colored popsicle stick with eyes on the end)

-Copies of the book for each student or pair of students: Kite Day at Pine Lake by Sheila Cushman & Rona Kornblum. c1990.

Name:_________________________            Date:___________

Time:

Partner Check Sheet for students to assess their partner's fluency:

As I listened to my partner read, he/she:

After 2nd           After 3rd

1. Remembered more words         _______          _______

4. Read with expression                 _______          _______

Procedure:

<!2.      I will talk about the coverup strategy so that the students can use this while reading.  Whenever you come across difficult words while reading, you can use a coverup buddy to help you figure out what the word is.  I will write the word ''script'' on the board, and model how to use the coverup buddy in decoding this word.  As you come across a difficult word, use your coverup buddy to help you sound the word out. I will cover up all the letters except the ''i'' and pronounce the sound of the short i=/i/.  Then I am going to uncover the letters one at a time leading up to the vowel, s=/s/, c=/k/, and r =/r/. These three sounds together make the ''scr'' sound. I will then combine those three sounds with the vowel sound to say, ''scri'' Finally, I will focus on the sounds that come after the vowel, p=/p/ and the t=/t/.  Then I will put the whole word together.

<!4.      Next, each student will receive a copy of the book Kite Day at Pine Lake.  They will each have a chance to read it by themselves before reading it aloud with a partner for timed readings.  This book is about some children who enjoy flying their kites at the lake. A young boy named Bob wants to fly kites with the other kids at the lake, but he is sad because he does not have his own kite. Will Bob end up getting a kite of his own? Well, let's all read the story to find out.  After the students finish reading Kite Day at Pine Lake, we will discuss the events of the story.

Assessment: The students will each bring me their Speed Reading Record and their Partner Checklist. Each student will do one minute reads individually for me so that I can check for fluency and accuracy.  I will also evaluate the reading record and partner checklist they turned in.

Resources:

Cushman, Sheila and Rona Kornblum. Kite Day at Pine Lake. 1990.