Heather Brady
Growing Independence and Fluency

Get Ready for the Reading Race!

Rationale:  One important step in fluency is reading faster.  In order to read fluently a child must be able to read faster, smoother, and more expressively.  A couple ways to do this are to improve sight recognition, and reading and rereading decodable text.  The more a child reads a text the more fluent they will become with the words in that text.  Becoming a fluent reader makes reading much more enjoyable for children.  This lesson will help children to become fluent readers by working on sight recognition, and repeated readings.

Materials:  Flash cards with the sight words the, and, dog, bed, mom, dad, wow, cat, etc.  Class set of the book ãThe Napping Houseä  by: Audrey Wood.  Stop watch.  Overhead with the words to the song ãThe Farmer in the Dellä.  Fluency rubric to be used for assessment.

1. The lesson will begin by me explaining that in order to be a skilled reader we must learn to read fluently.  I will explain to the children that in order to read fluently they must be able to recognize sight words and read and reread decodable text.  ãToday we are going to learn how to become faster readers, so hold on tight, here we go.ä

2. I will have flash cards with the words in the material list on them.  I will pass the cards out to the children and then read ãThe Cat in the Hatä.  When the children hear their word in the story they will hold their card up in the air. This will show me if the children are paying attention, and to see if they are able to recognize the words when they hear them.

3. I will then put the overhead of the Farmer and the Dell on, the children will sing the song, while reading the words.  Most of them will already know the song, but it will help them recognize the words when they read them later if they see them now with something that they already know.

4. The children will then get out their class set of ãThe Napping Houseä the children will read the book silently to themselves first.  After the children have finished they will pair up with someone else that is finished and buddy read the text.  When the buddies have finished I will read the first page of the text and then have them read it to me as a class.  This will continue throughout the book.  Every couple of pages we will stop and discuss the book to make sure that the children are comprehending the text.  The children will then have read the book three times.  If time permits we can once again pair up (new partner) and reread the text again.

5. I will then pass out the Fluency Rubric.  The children will pair up and time each other reading one page out of ãThe Napping Houseä.  They will take turns reading to each other.  They will each read the same page three times, the assessment is if the children increase their time every time they read the page.  As the children are reading I will walk around and listen to the children, observing them and taking notes for future plans.

ãThe Napping Houseä by: Audrey Wood
ãThe Farmer in the Dellä
Dr. Suess.  (1957).  The Cat in The Hat.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin.  Random House.
http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/insights.html.  I used several of the lessons as a guide.
Eldredge, J. Lloyd.  (1995).  Teaching Decoding in Holistic Classrooms.  Prentice hall Inc.

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