Fluency Lesson

Rational: Fluency is important because students should be able to read with automatic word recognition.  Students should read effortlessly and with expression.  This lesson is designed to help students achieve fluency through repeatedly reading the text.

Materials:

-speed reading record sheets (below)

-partner check sheets (below)

-stop watches

-cover up critters for each student (Popsicle sticks with eyes)

- Smartboard/whiteboard

-pencils

-copies of decodable book: Kite Day at Pine Lake by Sheila Cushman & Rona Kornblum. c1990

Name: _________________________            Date: ___________

Time:

- After 1st read            _______

- After 2nd read           _______

- After 3rd read            _______

Partner check- sheet:

Name: ________ Partner: ______________ Date: _________

I noticed that my partner... (check the circle)

After 2nd           after 3rd

( )                     ( )                     Remembered more words

( )                     ( )                     Read faster

( )                     ( )                     Read smoother

( )                     ( )                     Read with expression

Procedure:

1. We will talk about the importance of fluency.  "I know everyone has been really working hard on their reading! Well, today we are going to practice something that makes reading even easier, fluency.  Does anyone know what it means to read with fluency? Yes! It means reading words quickly and easily."

2. Then we will talk about a way to decode words that are hard for them to read.  "There may be some words that are a little difficult to read.  Here is a way you can read those words! We are going to use this cover up critter!" I will demonstrate how to use it on the board.  I will write the word "trip" on the board. "Cover up everything but the /i/."   I will sound out the i=/i/ sound.  "Now I will look at the letter before the /i/.  tr=/tr/.  Then I will look at the letter at the end of the word p=/p/ and blend them all together trip.  So when you come up to difficult words use your cover up critter!"

Assessment:

To assess the students I will look at the worksheets that everyone filled out.  I will also wait until center time and have each student come up individually. I will have them read the book to me while I record their time and fluency.

References:

Doc in the Fog Educational Insights, 1990

Alexis Ogubie Ride Your