Climb for Fluency
By Morgan Curry
develop fluency by reading decodable text while focusing on speed
accuracy. This lesson will help children improve accuracy and
they focus on fluency through speed. This will be done through partner
decodable texts (enough for each student
and at the
appropriate reading level)
fluency check sheets (one for each student)
fluency chart (large banana tree displayed
with words read up one side)- this should be the words students can
read in one
minute, should start at about 5 and go up to the expected words for one
at their grade level
a monkey with each students name on it
(this will go on
the tree to mark their fluency as well as the of the entire class)
- Explain the what fluency is and how
the chart will be used to show each students fluency
- Model fluent and unfluent reading for
the class. To do so write or display two sentences for the class, read
the first one using fluent reading, then read the second one and
display disfluent reading.
- Tell the class that you are going to
split them into pairs (groups of two) and that they are going to take
turns timing each other reading a text. They will read three times each
and be timed one minute on each reading. The partner who is timing will
circle the word the reader stops on each time.
- Also the students will use the fluency
sheet to mark their partners reading. They will only do this for the
last two readings.
- Pass out the books and other materials
out to the students and allow them to move around the room to be more
comfortable and so that they are spread out. This will also make if fun
- Choose partners based on who you think
will work well together- this will limit fooling around.
- Once they have had a chance to
practice with the timed readings a few times start calling the students
up by pairs and have them each read to you and then calculate their
fluency. Allow each student to place their own monkey on the class
fluency chart. This can be done during a center time or other time so
that some students don’t get a chance to practice more than others
(this makes the process more fair).
- This can be done every day or every
other day at the teachers discretion.
# of words read - # of miscues= fluency
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