Read, Read, and Read Again!

Marlee Shaw

Rationale: Fluency enables students focus more on the content of the text and less on the decoding strategies. Reading fluently means reading with automatic word recognition. When readers are fluent, they are able to better comprehend text. Repeated readings help students move toward automatic word recognition.

Materials: Set of Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying, stopwatches, fluency checklist,


1. Explain the Activity

Say: We must practice reading if we want to become better at it. If at first you don’t succeed try and try again! If you do not practice, it will be hard for you to become a better reader. To be a good reader, you must be fluent. That means you read like you talk and you can read quickly to understand what you are reading. When you can read smoothly, reading is fun! It’s easy to be interested in the story because you are able to understand what you are reading.

2. Model

Say: I want you to listen to me read this paragraph. My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. /Esketp/ /except/ Okay that makes more sense. Except I don’t like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.

Now I’m going to read with expression. There were a few words that I did not know, but I decoded them and now I’ll know them this time when I read.

My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don’t like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all. That time when I read, I was able to read with fluency because I had seen the words before and I remembered how to pronounce them.

3. Review a Strategy:

Did you notice I quickly figured out the tricky word that I had problems with? I looked at the rest of the sentence to cross check and then I was able to decode. I could figure out the answer.

4. Practice

Now read the rest of the page silently. If you come to a word that you do not know try decoding and cross checking before you ask what it is. After silent reading, we will choral read the last two paragraphs.

5. Motivate to Read

Before we read any more of the book, let me tell you a little bit about sneaky peeky Junie B. Jones. Junie B. is an excellent spy because she has sneaky quiet feet and her nose doesn’t whistle when she breathes. She decides to spy on her teacher and get herself into real trouble!

6. Explain procedure for paired reading

I will write the instructions as steps on the board:

                1. Find your reading buddy. One buddy needs to come and get two Partner Reading Progress Checklists and two Reader Response Forms for you and your partner. Meanwhile, the other reader will count the words in    the chapter and put that number on the form.

                2. Each partner should take 3 turns reading the chapter to the other partner. While one person reads, the other will time the reading.

                3. Pay close attention to the number of mistakes your partner makes and mark each time they make a mistake.

                4. Do a subtraction problem subtract the number of mistakes form the total number of words in the reading. That number goes on this line: ______words in ______seconds

                5. Then, answer the two questions on the progress form about which turn was the smoothest and which had the fewest errors.

                6. When you are done timing each other, you can discuss the answers to the reader response questions.

                7. Then each of you will write your answers on a separate sheet of paper back at your desks.

                 8. When you turn in your papers and checklists, I will give you a graph and three stars. I will figure out your three rates and after putting your name at the top your stars will go in the time spaces to show your reading rates. 

                 9. You'll put your completed star chart on the front bulletin board on the fluency poster.



Park, Barbara. (1994). Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peeky Spying. New York: Scholastic

Photo Image from:

Geri Murray, Reading is a Breeze




Partner Reading Progress

Total words in chapter __________.

Reader   _____________________________                                                                       

Checker _____________________________                                                                        


1 . _______ Words in _______ seconds

2. _______ Words in _______ seconds

3. _______ Words in _______ seconds

Turn number that sounded smoothest   __________                     

Turn number that had the fewest mistakes__________




 Reader Response                                                                                                Name _____________________

Directions: On a separate sheet of paper, answer each question in at least one sentence.

1. Why does Junie B. think she is a good spy?

2. What does Junie B.’s mom say about spying?

3. Who does Junie B. see at the super market?

4. What is she doing?

5. What does Junie B. call eating four cookies when they were only allowed two?



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