Speeding for Reading

Laura Gibson
Growing Independency and Fluency



Rational: Reading fluency is the ability to recognize words accurately, rapidly, and automatically. To become a fluent reader, a child needs to learn how to read faster, smoother, and with expression. This lesson will help children learn how to read faster and will improve their fluency. A good lesson for fluency involves rereading texts.  In this lesson, the students will practice reading and rereading with a partner.  They will assess each other on fluency and expression.

Stop Watch
Pat's Jam (copies for each child)
Racetrack for each student

1). It is important to learn fluency because it helps you read smoothly and understand what you're reading. Today, we are working on how to become a more fluent reader.  When we learn to blend and decode we will be able to read unfamiliar words. This will help improve our fluency.
2). Now, I am going to read you a sentence two times. After I finish reading the sentence the second time, I want you to tell me which way sounds best. I....li... ke to pl play base...ball. I like to play baseball. Which way sounded the best? The first time or the second? The second one! That is what we are going to focus on today.
3). We are going to read Pat's Jam. I want you to read the book silently to yourself to see if you can figure out what happens in this story.
4). Now that everyone is finished reading the book, we are going to do something called a quick read. I am going to time you for one minute and I want you to read as many words as you can in this minute. When the timer goes off, I want you to stop reading. We will then count the number of words you read and we will move our racecar on our speedway track.
5). I want everyone to watch me one time. Model for the students how to fluently read in one minute. Then ask the students to help count the number of words read and to move the racecar on the speedway.
6). Divide students into groups of two. Explain to the students they will they will take turns reading to one another and counting how many words their partner read in one minute.
7). After each partner has read for one minute, allow the students to change partners and move his or her car on the speedway. Repeat 3 more times.
8). As students move their car on the speedway, record each student's data to see how they are reading.

Roehm, Sara.  "Go Speed Racer!"  http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/insp/roehmgf.html
Tyler, Beth. "Ready, Set, Read!" http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/openings/tylergf.html
Pat's Jam. (Educational Insights).

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