Ready, Set, Go! Fluency, Here We Come!

Growing Independence & Fluency

* Rationale

Fluent reading is achieved when a student can read words that are recognized automatically. Fluency is a very important part of reading. The more fluent a student becomes the more the student reads by automatically recognizing words. Achieving fluency allow students to read faster, smoother, and with expression. The direct approach to improving fluency involves modeling and practice with repeated reading under time pressure. In repeated readings, students continue to read the same text until they can read it fluently. In this lesson the students will practice becoming more fluent while using repeated readings and while data is graphed on charts by partners.

*Materials.

-Student copies of Jane and Babe (Phonics Readers by Educational Insights, 1990)

-Word Count sheet 2 for each student (attached)

Word Count Sheet

The first time I read ___________ words.

The second time I read __________ words.

The third time I read _________ words.

-Reading Evaluation Form 2 for each student (attached)

My partner.................(fill in circle)

After 2nd time         After 3rd time

Read the most words                   O                      O

-One minute timer for each pair of students

-Hot wheels car for each pair of students

-Race Track Game board with spaces

*Procedures:

-Explain to the students what they are going to be doing. Today we are going to work on reading using speed, fluency, and expression. To help us do this we are going to the read the same book three times. Each time that we read it, we will become more familiar with the words in the book which will help us read more fluently.

-The class will be divided into pairs. This will allow each child to have a partner. Each pair of partners will need a copy of Jane and Babe along with two speed record sheets and reading evaluation rubric for your partner.

-Book Talk: Jane is a zoo keeper and her favorite animal is Babe. Babe is a very sleepy lion. Jane wants to play with Babe, but he will not wake up. Jane tries and tries to wake up Babe. Will Jane every get Babe to wake up and play? We will have to read to find out!