Tab’s Take on Fluency Fun
Christina Metry
Growing Independence and Fluency


Rationale:
Reading fluently is the key to successful reading for children. It shows that they are recognizing words while they are reading while having a better understanding of what they are reading. A great way for children to learn how to read fluently is through repeated readings.

Materials:
A copy of A Cat Nap for every 2 students
2 Fluency Fun worksheets for each student
Stop watch
pencil
Cat Bed Fluency Chart- assessment

Procedure:
1. Today we are going to work on reading fluently. Who knows what it means to read fluently? It means that you can read sentences without having to stop to sound out words. Instead, you will recognize the words right away so that you can then read with expression. We are going to learn how to read fluently through repeated readings.

2. Repeated readings are when we read a story more than one time. Each time you read it, you will become better at reading the story. You will become more fluent. For example, the first time you read the sentence, it may sound like this: "T-a-a-b i-i-s a-a f-f-f-a-a-t-t c-c-a-t." If you do not know a word, use your cover up critter in order to piece together the word. The second time, you will know what words are coming up so that you do not have to stop and sound out the words, you will recognize it right away and keep reading. When this happens, you are reading more fluent than you did the first time.

3. Today we are going to practice reading fluently by reading A Cat Nap. Tab is a cat that loves to nap in unusual places. What do you think will happen when he falls asleep in his owners baseball bag?

4. Now we are going to break up in pairs and work around the room. One partner will read the story while the other listens. That partner will read the story three times. The listener will listen while the story is being read and then fill out the Fluency Fun worksheet after the second and third read. Then you switch. A fluency fun worksheet is a page that allows the other person to evaluate your reading. There is a chart where your partner will check your progress in speed, expression, the number of words read, and smoothness in your reading.

Assessment:
Each student will come up to the teachers desk and read. The first time the student reads, the teacher will time how many words the student read in one minute. The teacher will show the student how many words they read by moving the Cat to the cat bed on the chart at her desk. The teacher will mark the number of words in her records so that the next time she does this, she can show the student the progress he or she made. On the second read through, the teacher will fill out the same Fluency Fun worksheet the students did and keep the results to compare with the next time the student reads for the teacher.



References:
Baker, Ashley
http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/sightings/bakergf.html

Smith, Heather
http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/sightings/smithgf.html

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Fluency Fun worksheet example:
Student name: _______________
After 2nd read      After 3rd read
           ________       ________  Read more words       
           ________       ________   Read faster
           ________       ________   Read smoother
           ________       ________   Read with expression