I want to
go to the library!!!
Independence & Fluency
Rationale: For students to become independent readers
they need to see reading as fun. To get
students to this point is difficult. We
as teachers must encourage them to think in this manner.
Some ways of doing this is to make them
familiar with the library, allow them to talk to other students about
they have read and to talk to us (teachers) and their parents. This lesson plan will guide you in
accomplishing this goal.
books (Two Bad Ants and The
Quiltmakers’ Gift) for students grade level, Schedule a trip to
and chart for student’s to record their readings.
the lesson] We all like to read stories on
our own but sometimes it is hard to find books that we like to read and
understand. Today we are going to learn
how to find books that we like to read and learn how to share what was
learned to other people.
cross-checking] Let’s review first to see
how to correct our reading mistakes. I
will read a sentence and you tell me if it is correct.
“The geese and the goats were making funny noises down in
their throw.” Is that correct? NO!!! You are
right. Let me try it again, “The geese and
the goats were making funny noises down in their throats.”
You are right, that is correct. Remember
if you are reading and a sentence does not make sense, go back and
re-read it to see what is not correct.
the Library] “Choose a book that you think
that you might like to read about. Here
are two examples “Two Bad Ants” and “The Quiltmakers’ Gift.” Some of us may not like to read a book about
ants and some may not like to read about a quiltmaker.
Ask students to do the two finger test to find out if the
book is too difficult. (Two finger test:
read a page if and they come to a word that is too difficult raise a
finger and if they raise two fingers the book is too hard.) Finding one that you like should be easy, just
make sure that it is on your level.”
reading time] Back in the classroom have time for students to read
their book. This time is set aside to
allow students to get out of their desk to be comfortable.
Have the students share in groups of two or three about the books they
read. This allows for them to spark the
interest of their peers to encourage them to continue reading. Also, have the students tell you about the
book. Ask them questions to determine if
they actually read the book. Questions to
ask: setting, characters, cause and effect, etc.) Having
a chart for them to record their readings is a good way to encourage
reading. Or you could do AR testing.
(1992). Among Non-Readers: Voluntary Reading, Reading
Achievements, and the Development of Reading Habits.
In C. Temple and P. Collins (Eds.) Stories
and Readers: New perspectives on literature in the elementary school
(pp. 157-169). Norwood, MA:
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