Quiet As a Christmas Mouse!
Growing Independency and fluency
Rational: Reading silently is an imporant
goal for all students and helps to build a love for voluntary
reading. Once children have mastered decoding words and are
working on building their sight vocabulary, fluency is the next step to
becoming successful readers. Reading silently will help children
to become more fluent and reading will become easier and automatic for
them. By giving the children the option to chose thier own books,
reading is voluntary and fun!
will each need a book of thier choice (preferably from the library)
own pencil and journal
will need a rubric to monitor the children's progress while reading:
Minutes of reading silently:
Copy of If You Give a
Mouse a Cookie by Laura
children will all go to the school library and be encouraged to choose
a book of interest to them.
2. It is
important that the book is on the child's independent reading level, so
each child should read the first page and if more than one word is
missed, they should pick another book. After the child agrees
that they have found their book, they will be required to read the
second page to either the classroom teacher or the librarian to check
for reading level.
3. Once the
correct book is found for each child, the children will return to the
room to begin reading!
4. First the
teacher will model silent reading as follows; " Who knows why silent
reading is so important? It is important to read silently in
public places, but also in school so we do not bother anyone while
reading. Silent reading will help all of us to read better
because we will be able to read whenever we want without bothering
anyone. First I will show you how to move from whisper reading to
silent reading. I will start with the first page and read it in a
quiet voice. Next I will read the second page using only my lips
without any words coming out."
5. Now it
will be the children's turn to try to whisper read and then silent read
by counting to ten. "First we will count to ten as quiet as a
mouse, ready? Go! 1,2,3... Great job! Now I want everyone to try
and count to ten using only your lips and don't let any sound
escape. Ready, Go! 1,2,3...Great job! Now this is how we
read silently, we read with our lips and our brains but don't let any
sound come out.
child will read for 15 minutes practicing thier silent reading.
Then each child will get the opportunity to write about what they have
read in their journals.
will be continually assessed based on their success reading silently
and then understanding what they have read using the ruprict provided.
Marilyn Jager. Beginning to
Read: Thinking and Learning about Print 1990.page 116
Shhh I am trying to read.