Title: Leap into Reading!!
Rationale: Children who are fluent readers have the
ability to read text fast and smooth. Reading
can be frustrating for children who cannot read fluently. Children will
likely find a love for reading once they are able to read fluently.
of text has been
shown to produce improvements in children’s fluency, along with their
comprehension of the text and word recognition. This lesson strives to
children’s fluent reading by providing them with passages for repeated
readings. The best way to learn fluency is to read and re read
In this lesson we will read and reread Pat’s Jam to become fluent
one for every student to do repeated readings with
every group of students
to write practice words on the board
three Lily pads on it for the children to advance their frog on as they
their fluent reading.
out frog for
each child to move to the Lily pads.
- Introduce the lesson to all of the
students; explain how fun it will be once we all become fluent readers.
- Children, who knows what the best
letter is to start with when trying to decode a word? We should start
with the vowel sound and then add the first letter and then add the
last letter. An example of this is cat.
When trying to decode this word, I would start with the vowel sound
a=/a/. Then I would add the c
sound. Finally I will add the t
sound. See, we have sounded out the word cat. Let’s try this on the board
with some other words: bed, map,
- Introduce the term blending to the
children. When we sound out all of the sounds of the sounds c-a-t, this
is called blending. Let’s blend out some of the words together. I will
say the sounds of some words, and I want us to blend them together.
Here are the words: b-a-d, h-a-t,
s-a-d, m-e-t. Let’s blend these sounds together to come up with
the words. “As you probably noticed, it is so much easier to read when
we can say them smoothly. It is hard to understand them when we say
them choppy.” Once we all learn to blend and decode, we will be on the
road to fluent reading.
- Boys and Girls, We need to
practice now so we can all be fluent readers. I want everyone to find a
partner. Each group take copies of Pat’s
Jam and a stopwatch. We are going to read this book to our
reading buddy. Each child will get a turn to read, and after we both
read, we will do it again. The second time we are going to use the stop
watch so we can see how long it takes us to read this story. Remember
to use all of the strategies we have talked about. Take your lily pad
worksheet and move the frog from one, two and three as your reading
time improves. We will do repeated readings several times.
child up during center time and have them read Pat’s Jam to me. I will
their time and their improvements in their reading folder. I will be
using a rubric
in which I will look for decoding and blending strategies. I will also
stop watch to accurately time the reading.
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