Ready, Set, Read & Repeat!



Growing Independence & Fluency Lesson

Kathryn Byers


Rationale: For a reader to be successful he/she must consistently read fluently, accurately, and with expression. To become fluent one must practice by rereading text over and over again. By participating in repeated readings, students will become a fluent reader by decoding words, which will lead to automatic word recognition. This lesson will help students become fluent by testing their reading speed. The fluency formula used to test their reading speed is "words x 60/ seconds".  The teacher will chart the students' reading time to watch, as they are able to read the text faster. The more fluent students become the better they can comprehend the message of the text they are reading, leading them to become successful readers. 


Materials: Pencil for each student, fluency checklist (one per student to use with a partner), timer/stopwatch per student, a copy of Amelia Bedelia for each student, reading chart for each student




Teacher says: "Who can tell me what you have to do to be good readers? To be a good reader you must be able to read fluently. To be fluent means that you are able to read words quickly, correctly, and with expression. If you can read a book fluently it will sound like you are having a normal conversation with somebody. This will help you to understand the story better also. If I can read the words correctly, and quickly I will be able to focus on the story better! Do you think we can become fluent readers?? Yes we can, but only if we PRACTICE!! Let's get started!!"


Teacher passes out a copy of Amelia Bedelia to each student, and keeps one for herself/himself: “Have you ever been reading a book, and all of a sudden you come to a word on the page you don't recognize? When this happens you have to stop and sound the word out, which might cause you to forget what was happening in the story. If this happens it is best that you go back and reread the word several times, so that it gets easier to recognize the word while reading. Today, we are going to be reading Amelia Bedelia several times, so that the words become easier for us to recognize.”






Teacher says: "If I read a sentence and it doesn't make sense what self-help strategy am I going to use? Remember we talked about what to do if a sentence does not sound right. Let's all say which strategy we are going to use together. (Crosschecking) very good. I am going to crosscheck to see which word makes sense. Let's look at the sentence strip on the board. Listen as I read the sentence. The cat has a tall. The cat has a tall? That doesn't make sense. I am going to crosscheck, and think what word starts with a t and ends in l that has to do with cats. The cat has a tall? Hmm. Oh! The cat has a TAIL. The cat has a tail. That word isn't tall, it's tail. As you read today I want you to remember to crosscheck if you read a sentence and it doesn't make sense. Remember to reread the sentence afterwards, so you can regain your comprehension, and store the word in your memory."


Teacher says/models: “The first time you pick up a book you may not recognize some of the words. I am going to read the first sentence in the book The Cat in the Hat. The s-u-n, sun, did n-o-t, not shin. The sun did not shin? That can't be right. Sh-iii-n, oh shine! I noticed I had to stop a few times while reading this sentence. Let me try it again. The su-n did no-t shiiinne. This time was much better. Let me try again. The sun did not shine. Much better! I remembered the words after decoding them a few times. Now, I am going to read it again, but this time I am going to try and read it with expression! (Read the sentence with expression). Raise your hand if you could understand the story better when I read correctly and used emotion to read. Yes, it does make it easier when it sounds like I am just talking doesn't it? I read the sentence over and over again which lead me to reading it faster, correctly, and with expression. Now I want you guys to try repeated readings to see if you can become a more fluent reader like I did.”


Teacher says: "Everybody open up your book Amelia Bedelia at your desk and read silently. Amelia Bedelia is a housekeeper for Mrs. Rogers. One day, Amelia Bedelia went inside of Mrs. Rogers house to do her chores, and she accidentally did everything wrong on the list she was supposed to do.  She cut up Mrs. Roger's towels, put dust on the furniture, took the light bulbs out of the lamps, and many more things. Then Mrs. Rogers comes home to find the big mess. What do you think she will say to Amelia Bedelia? Do you think she will be mad? We will have to read to find out more!


Teacher says: "I want you to read silently at your desk until our timer goes off. Try and read to page 15. If you finish reading to page 15, start over and read it again. Keep rereading until you hear the timer go off". (Set timer for 12-15 minutes).


Teacher says: "Now, I want you to get with a partner and you are going to read the book to your partner. (Pass out timers/stop watches to each student. Remind students how to work them. Also pass out the Fluency Checklists to each student). One of you is going to read the book to page 15 while the other partner uses the timer to time the reader. The partner with the stopwatch can follow along with the reader as well. Read the pages 3 times to your partner. Remember to record the times that you scored on the reading chart. Use the Fluency Checklist to see how well your partner did after they read to you three times. You will mark if they remembered more words, read faster, read smoother, and read with expression after each reading.”




Teacher says: "While you are reading to your partner I will be calling you up to my desk one at a time for you to read about 10 pages to me. Try and do your best with the reading, and I will time your score to see how fluent you are. (Use the fluency formula to determine the words read per minute). This will show me how many words you can read per minute. Each week the teacher will chart the students' scores to see improvement.


Fluency Time Sheet:

Student’s Name: __________________________________   Date:


1st Timed Reading: ______________

2nd Timed Reading: _____________

3rd Timed Reading: _____________


Partner's Name: ______________________________


• Fluency Checklist (to pass out to students)

Fluency Checklist:


Name: ___________________________________                                 Date: ____________________


Title of Book: __________________________________


After 2nd Reading After 3rd Reading

_________                    _________                   Remembered more words

_________                    _________                   Read faster

_________                    _________                   Read smoother

_________                    _________                   Read with expression




The Reading Genie: Developing Reading Fluency


Dennis, Maegan, "Rocket into Fluency."


Book: Amelia Bedelia by: Peggy Parish