Leaping with Fluency

Heather Millington


Rationale:
Being a fluent reader is having the ability to read text quickly and accurately. Becoming a fluent reader leads to appropriate comprehension and allows the reader to recognize words automatically. In order to build fluency, a reader must have the opportunity to read over again and again. This lesson plan will provide that opportinity for children.

Materials:
    -Book: Pat's Jam
    -Word Cards: nove, pone, controve, persite, oppone, etc.
    -Frogs for making progress
    -Stop Watch
    -Markers for children's name and time

Procedure:
    1. Introduce fluency to children. Explain success that comes with becoming a fluent reader: easiness, accuracy, good comphrehension, etc.
    2. Go over word cards. Allow each child the opportunity of trying to read each word. Continue to do this so each child is able to read the majority of the words.
    3. Model fluency by reading two sentences. The Frog jump over two leap pads. Read the sentences using broken up reading and the second time read it with fluency. This will illustrate to their ears the difference between being fluent and not being fluent.
    4. Pass out book to each student. Read it aloud once and then give child the opportunity to read it aloud individually.

Assessment:
Time each child individually. According to the child's time after reading the text, he or she will write their name on their frog's tummy and place it on the appropriate leap pad. The children will be able to move to their frogs as they progress.

Reference:
Cushman, Shelia. Pat's Jam. Educational Insights: Carson, CA. 1990.

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