Students must learn to recognize words
effortlessly for them to become fluent readers. First the student needs
learn to decode words for them to become fluent. By practicing pseudo
reading, and rereading books, students will learn to read faster and
stop watch, class copy of Red Gets Fed, flash
cards with pseudo words: fip, naf, zain, pone, cheel, hatmail,
with flash cards with pseudo words for each student
- Begin by going through pseudo words.
Hold up a card and ask the class to read the word. Help the students
understand that we sometimes must chunk words in order to decode them.
“I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU HOW TO DECODE A WORD BY CHUNKING. THE WORD IS
FOOT-BALL. I FIGURED OUT THE FIRST CHUNK OF THE WORD FOOT AND ADDED IT
TO THE SECOND CHUNK OF THE WORD BALL TO MAKE FOOTBALL!” Make sure the
students are doing well at reading the pseudo cards before moving on to
the sample sentence.
- Display a sample sentence on the
board. “WHEN I READ THIS SENTENCE MAKE SURE ALL OF YOU NOTICE HOW I SAY
IT SLOW AND CHOPPY AS IF I HAVE NEVER READ IT BEFORE.” Read the
sentence a few times slowly, but make one of the readings smooth and
flowing. “WHICH TIME DID YOU THINK THE SENTENCE SOUNDED BETTER? WHY WAS
IT ANY BETTER THAN THE REST OF THE TIMES I READ THE SENTENCE, I SAID
THE SAME THING EVERY TIME?” Confirm that it makes much more sense to
read a sentence when it is read fluently. Explain that, “TO READ
FLUENTLY MEANS THAT YOU ARE READING SMOOTHLY AND EFFORTLESSLY.” Provide
another sentence to check to see if the students understand the lesson
- Pass out Red Gets Fed to each
student. “LET’S PRACTICE READING THIS BOOK UNTIL WE CAN READ IT
FLUENTLY. AND DOES ANYONE REMEMBER WHAT THAT MEANS?”
- “READ THE BOOK TO YOURSELF AND I WILL
WALK AROUND THE ROOM TO SEE IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS.” Give the
students enough time to read the book to themselves a few times.
- Have the students come to my desk one
at a time and read the book to me while I time them. “NOW WE ARE GOING
TO SEE HOW FAST WE CAN READ. I WILL CALL ON EACH OF YOU ONE AT A TIME
TO COME READ TO ME WHILE I TIME YOU. WHILE YOU ARE WAITING, GET WITH A
PARTNER AND GO THROUGH THE PSEUDO WORD CARDS AND HAVE EACH OTHER READ
THE WORDS.DON’T FORGET TO CHUNK!!”
- Assessment: Time each student while
they read the book with a stopwatch and record the time on a chart.
Genie by Dr. Bruce Murray)
and Kornblum, R. Red
Gets Fed. Educational Insights. California:
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