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Jumping Into Fluency With Frog and Toad

Growing independence and Fluency

Rationale:

Materials:

Copy of Frog and Toad Are Friends text for each student

Stopwatch for each pair of students

Fluency checklist with time slot for each student

Cover up critter for each student

Copy of poem for each student "Little Bees" (attached)

Procedures:

2.     Say: To read a text fluently we will need to review our decoding skills. When we come across a word we do not know we need to crosscheck it and reread it. I will demonstrate how we crosscheck a word we come across and do not know what it is. If my word is bunch and I have never seen this word I will need to use my cover up critter. With my cover up critter I will separate the phonemes and then blend them together, like this: b/u/n/ch. I heard four sounds in that word. Now I will blend them to say the word: buunnch. I need to say it one more time to say the word fluently: bunch. Did you see the difference from the first time and the last time? Great! Now I will model for you how to read sentences fluently in a poem we are going to practice with."

"The first paragraph is what I am going to read and then you and your partner will practice reading the second one and we will all read it out loud together to check if we are reading it fluently. I need to decode, crosscheck, and reread": Three little bees, up in the trees. Drinking cups of tea that they sat on their knees. "I will use my cover up critter for the words I do not know. Th/r/ee l/i/tt/l/e bees, up in the t/r/ee/s. D/r/i/n/k/ing cups of t/e/a that they sat on their k/n/ee/s. Whoo that was hard! But I know I can read it now that I have read the words once. Thrreee lliittlle bees, up in the trreees. Drriinnking cups of tea that they sat on their kkknnneees. I think I can read it better now! Three little bees, up in the trees. Drinking cups of tea that they sat on their k-nees, oh KNEES! "

"This time I want you and your partner to look at your copy and read the paragraph highlighted just like I did. If you come across a word use your cover up critter, crosscheck, and then reread it!"

3.     Say: "Today we are going to read the first chapter in Frog and Toad Are Friends. Book talk: This book involves two main characters Frog and Toad. Frog is excited that spring has just begun. He has planned many activities that he and his friend Toad will do. The problem is that Toad does not want to wake up. What ways will frog try to wake him up? Will he be successful or will he spend spring all alone? You have to read to find out.

Assessment:

The teacher will walk around the room analyzing how each group is working. After the students finish working and timing each other I will ask them individually to come up and read a portion of the book to me. While the student is reading to me I will keep a running record to analyze how their reading has improved. I will also evaluate their check sheets and use the formula for how many words they read correctly: words X 60/ seconds.

Comprehension Questions:

What is happening at the beginning of the story?

Why does Frog want Toad to wake up?

How does Frog try to wake up Toad?

Resources:

Smith, Blair. Junie B. Jones is Captain Fluency.

Lee, Alisha. Little Bees Poem

Murray, Dr. Bruce. Developing Reading Fluency.

Label, Arnold. Frog and Toad are Friends. Harper Collins Publishing. 1979.