Hopping into a Good Book
Growing and Fluent
Being able to
comprehend text and to be able to read words automatically with
important goals in becoming a fluent reader. A fluent reader should not
struggle with words when reading, a fluent reader enjoys what he or she
reading and is able to read it fast, smooth and with expression. By
e-reading decodable words in connected text should help the students
more fluent readers.
- The Birthday Cake a
book that has a script in it for each child.
- Sentence strips with
sentences saying: The pig and cow are in the barn eating cake.
- First I will
explain to my students what it means to be a fluent reader. 'Okay boys
and girls today we are going to practice being fluent readers. Fluent
readers are able to read sentences and even books fast, smooth and with
expression. In order to become a fluent reader we must read, read, read
and it is best if we re-read sentences and books. For example I have
written on the board 'the pig and cow are in the barn eating cake.' Now
if I was not a fluent reader it would sound more like this when I read
it' the.. pp-pi-pig and the cc-co-cow are in the bbb-ba-bar-n- barn
e-eat-eat-ing eating ca-cake.' Now I will read this same sentence again
but I will blend my words together to make it sound smoother. 'the pig
and the cow are in the barn eating cake and now that I have smoothed
my words out and can read it faster, I am going to add expression 'the
pig and the cow are in the barn eating cake!' so now that I can read
this sentence faster, smoother, and with more expression I can consider
myself a fluent reader, now boys and girl you are going to become
fluent readers too!'
- I will pass out
The Birthday Cake book to each of my students. 'Now I want you to read
The Birthday Cake silently to yourself for a couple minutes, to get use
to the words yourself.' During this time I will be walking around the
room observing each students to make a formative assessment, and if
needed I will scaffold to the ones who need it.
- after the student
have read the script a couple times through, I will dived them into
groups of four 'Now that you have read through the book a couple of
times, I am going to group you into groups of four, and you will have
time to read through each of your parts, and then come to the front of
the class and act it out, make sure when you are reading your part that
you are reading with expression.'
- The group will be
given time to read their parts to each other for the skit. Then once
they have had enough time, they will come to the front of the room and
perform the skit on front of the class. 'Okay class everyone has had
enough time to practice I would like group one to come up and perform
your skit, remember use expression when reading out loud.' Each group
will come to the front of the room and perform
their skit. This when I will assess them in how well they do.
The Birthday Cake by
Rachel Sparkman, Zoom
Into a Good
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