students to learn to comprehend text they must first gain fluency. Fluency is defined as recognizing words
effortlessly. The purpose of this lesson
is for the students learn to read more fluently by practicing reading
rereading. Students will gain an
understanding of what it means to be a fluent reader.
Materials: Dry Erase Marker
A copy of Kick
the Football, Charlie Brown for each student
Progress chart for each student
Today we are going to work on speeding up our reading.
This will help us be a more successful reader.
We are going to score a touchdown in reading!!” That means we are going to read fast and
accurately. We are on our way to becoming
fluent readers!! Once you learn how to read
more quickly and effortlessly you will be able to understand the text
more because you won’t have to focus as much on the words.
Each time you read a story you get faster. The
practice helps speed up your reading. Today
we are going to read a book about football. We
will read this book a few times in order to attempt to speed up our
reading. We will record how we much we
improve after each time we read.
Let’s review what good readers do if they become stuck on a word. The first step is to take a shot.
Cover up part of the word to help make it easier to sound out. If you still can’t read the word then you read
the rest of the sentence and see if it helps you figure out the word. Then go back and change your guess to fit the
sentence. Last go back and reread the
whole sentence so you can get back into the story.
I am going to
write a sentence on the board. I will read the sentence with
fluency and then without fluency so you can see the difference.
[Write on the board: I am going to score a touchdown!] [Read the
sentence in the following manner: I a-m g-o-ing t-o s-c-o-re a
t-ouch-d-ow-n!] Raise your hand if that was a little difficult to
understand? Now I am going to read it again. [Read the
sentence fluently: I am going to score a touchdown!] Raise your
hand if that was easier to understand? I did not have to spend a
lot of time on each word so I was able to read more fluently.
Today you are going to practice reading fluently.
[Pass out the Kick
the Football, Charlie Brown
book to each of the students.] This book
is called Kick the Football, Charlie
Brown. This book is about a boy
name Charlie that is scared to kick the football. To
find out whether Charlie Brown will kick the ball or not you will have
to read the book. I am going to give you
some time to read through the book two or three time to yourself. After everyone has had a chance to read
through the book a few time we are going to have a discussion about
what happened in the book. If you get
stuck on a word remember to use the good reader strategies, but try to
focus on reading quickly and accurately so that you can gain the
meaning of the text.
[Ask students questions about the book to see if they comprehended what
they read.] [The following are questions
that can be asked: 1) Who is the main character? 2)
Did Charlie kick the ball? 3) What
happened at the end of the book?]
[Divide the students into partners.] We
are now going to pair up with a partner and fill out a fluency
checklist for our partner. The first time
your partner will read the book and you will not record anything. On the second and third time they read the
book you will record if they remembered more
words, read faster, read smoother, read slowly, stopped many times, or
did not stop at all during reading. After
the first partner finishes and the recordings are complete I want you
to switch partners.
[For assessment have each student come to your desk and read a story to
you. Have the student do a one-minute read
and time them as they read. Provide a
progress chart for each student and mark the progress from the first
one-minute read to the second and third. Post
the charts in the classroom, so that you can check their fluency again
at a later date.]
Kick the Ball, Charlie Brown.
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