Growing Independence and Fluency
We Gotta Book It!
Alyssa Williams

Rationale: The fluency and proficiency of a childâs reading is a huge factor. Slow readers have a higher chance of getting embarrassed in front of classmates and later quit. Children will learn to hate reading if itâs not a smooth process. Children need to practice speed reading so that they are able to read more words in a time period and so they can get deeper into the story before getting bored.

Materials: The Boy of the Three-Year Nap by Dianne Snyder, Houghton Mifflin Company (used as adv. level book) and Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, Scholastic Inc. (used as inter. level); stop watch; bookmark cutouts (one for each child); fluency rubric (see bottom of lesson); scissors; markers; stickers

The teacher needs to decide the levels of readers in her classroom. Have two crates of books in the classroom with color coded stickers so that the children know which books are appropriate for their reading abilities.  Hand out bookmark cutouts, markers, and scissors.

Have encouraging words on the board such as "great", "super", "good work", "A+ effort". Tell children to decorate their bookmarks and use encouraging words. Tell them that they will get a sticker for their book mark every time their reading gets faster.

Tell the students to use their bookmarks as a cover-up. Show them that as they read they may come across a word they donât know. Have them use their bookmarks to cover-up letters until they can blend them all together and sound out the word. Then tell them to reread sentences when they use their bookmarks. Also tell students to tally their missed words at the bottom of their bookmark.

Once children have made it through their books go around and time students on fluency. Record 1st, 2nd, and 3rd attempts at appropriate spot on bookmark. Give students a sticker for improvement.

Take up bookmarks at the end of the three attempts and check studentsâ improvements and missed words. Keep a personal "teacher" chart to record studentsâ records. Have extra bookmark cutouts for children to use on new books. Put ribbons or yarn through the top of cutouts and encourage children to keep their bookmarks for everyday reading.

Reference:; Reading Genie

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