Growing Independence and Fluency

By:  Smith

Materials:

·        Speed Reading Record for each student

·        Cover up critter (a manipulative used to help with decoding)

·        Partner check sheet for each student

·        Stop Watches - one for each pair of students

·        Pencils for students

·        Kite Day at Pine Lake

·        Whiteboard

·        Dry Erase Marker

·        Speed Reading Record:

Name:_________________________            Date:___________

Time:

- After 1st read            _______

- After 2nd read           _______

- After 3rd read            _______

·        Partner Check Sheet for students to assess their partner's fluency:

I noticed that my partner

After 2nd             After 3rd reading

_______                _______        Remembered more words

_______                _______        Read faster

_______                _______        Read smoother

_______                _______        Read with expression

Procedures:

4.  Explain to students that they are going to be doing repeated readings.  Now I will pass out the book Kite Day at Pine Lake to each student. Say "Has anyone ever flown a kite before?  Yes, me too! This book is a story about a bunch of children that love to fly kites. They have kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Bob is upset because he does not have a kite. I wonder what will happen. Do you think the kids will make Bob a kite? What do you think will happen? Let's read and find out!" Students will read the book on their own. Afterwards, we will discuss the story as a class and ask questions to see their comprehension and understanding of the text. They will each have a chance to read it by themselves before reading it aloud with a partner for timed readings.

7. After students have completed their three readings, the teacher will collect the charts for assessment. After everyone finishes their timed readings and reaches their goals, the teacher should walk around the room and look at everyone's fluency racing chart to see how the student's fluency progressed. The teacher will then take each student individually and do the same reading with Kite Day at Pine Lake. This will give the teacher a chance to listen to each student's reading and check for speed, ease, and expression. This will allow the teacher to teach the students according to the level they are on and know which students need additional help.

Reference Materials:

Murray, Bruce.  Developing Reading Fluency