__Sail
into Reading
Fluency__

Growing

Laura
Estill

**Rationale:**

Fluent
readers have the skill to not only read faster than their non-fluent
peers, but
also to read smoother and with more expression. When children are
able to
decode words effortlessly reading becomes much more enjoyable for them,
increasing the time they spend reading. The goal of this lesson is to
teach
students how to speed up their reading as well as practice smooth
reading with
expression. The lesson will involve reading and re-reading
decodable text
for *one minute reads *to give students
the practice needed to learn to read faster.

Materials:

- A copy of
the book
*Toad Eats Out*for each pair of students

- “Sail into
reading fluency” graphs for each student (for one minute reads)

- 1 stopwatch
for each pair of students

- Paper and
pencil for each student

Procedures:

- Begin the
lesson by reviewing the a few correspondences. For this book,
review each of the correspondences for /A/ and /U/. Ask the
students to display their knowledge of these sounds by suggesting some
words with these correspondences.
- Next, does a book talk for the book,
*Toad Eats Out*? This book is about a toad and it is his birthday! He gets in the car and picks up his friend Bug, and they go to their favorite restaurant. But, when they get there something really exciting happens! To find out what happens when Toad and Bug get to the restaurant, let’s all read this book! - Divide
the students into pairs and have them buddy read the book together.
- When
all of the students are done reading the book, read the first two pages
aloud modeling how not to read, (without fluency and with no
expression, big pauses between words, etc.) “It’s
my bir th d ay! I can do what I want. I want to eat in a rest au rant!”
- Next,
read the same two pages aloud modeling how to read fluently and with
expression. “It’s my birthday! I can do
what I want. I want to eat in a
restaurant!”
- Ask students to tell you what was different
in the two ways of reading. Explain to the students the importance of
reading with fluency and expression. “It is very important for us to
read smoothly and use expression so that we will understand what we are
reading and we will enjoy it.”
- Give each pair a stopwatch and two “sail
into reading fluency” graphs. Teach the students how to use the
stopwatch. Also, explain to the students how to do one minute
reads. The students should time each other reading the book for
one minute. At the end of the minute, the student should count up
the words and move the sail boat to indicate how fast the reading was
in words per minute. Also, each student needs to record the time
on his/her paper. Have the students switch and time each
other. Make sure the students do at least 3 timings.
- For
assessment, collect each of the students papers and compare their first
and last timings to see if their fluency has improved.

**Reference:**

Schade, Susan and Buller, Jon.

Jessica
Pieplow *Speedy Reading *

http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/discov/pieplowgf.html

Sarah
Asbury *Let’s Leap into **Reading**
*http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/
insp/asburygf.html

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