Reading Fluency Teacher Resources

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There are many activities and lesson ideas that teachers can use to reinforce reading fluency skills. This article brings a variety of strategies to light, including how to incorporate fluency instruction within novel units and independent book projects. Four additional lesson plans are also included.
Learn the basics behind teaching reading fluency. With descriptions of both direct and indirect fluency instruction and practice, this article also includes a few lessons teachers can put to use in their classroom today. 
Third graders continue to develop their reading fluency in preparation for their assessment in the tenth instructional activity of this unit. Young readers are provided with a short passage on Helen Keller, which they use while working in pairs reading and providing feedback on each other's fluency. During this practice time, the teacher selects kids to read the passage aloud in order to make audio recordings for their fluency assessment. A great opportunity is provided for documenting your class's growth as readers. If using this resource with upper graders, be sure to supplement a passage more appropriate to their reading level.
Polish reading fluency by using excerpts of Poe's "The Raven." The teacher will guide the class in oral practice and give opportunities for individual practice. Great for Halloween or any time of the year!
Motivate your class with this lesson! Learners use passages from Edgar Allan Poe's poetry to practice reading fluency. They read "The Raven" as a rap song to better understand the rhyming patterns and pauses.  
Nothing helps you identify your reading fluency like hearing yourself read aloud! Increase reading fluency and expression by having young learners podcast a weekly high interest piece of literature. Assign a different star or featured reader each week. Set goals and see your learners accomplish them!
Third graders participate in reader theater activities using Verna Aardema's book, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, in order to develop reading fluency and increase vocabulary. They practice reading multiple-syllable words, complete a graphic organizer, write an essay, and take an online quiz.
Utilizing a video camera, learners will read a story while being recorded. Later, they analyze the footage. After identifying their strengths and weaknesses with the teacher, they discuss reading fluency techniques. Adaptation: Instead of working with the teacher, pair-up, provide constructive criticism guidelines, and have peers provide feedback.

New Review Iroquois Poetry

Practice reading fluency, analyze poetry, and cover social studies topics with a study of the Iroquois poem "Magic Formula." Included here is some historical background, a short vocabulary list, extension ideas, fluency activities, and two worksheets. Learners practice reading the poem out loud, recording their own voices and analyzing their recordings for fluency.
Third graders develop their reading superpowers in a lesson on fluency. After first listening to an audio recording or teacher read aloud, the class works together identifying criteria for fluent reading, focusing on phrasing, rate, punctuation, and expression. Children then participate in a whole-class choral reading of a familiar text before pairing up for further practice with fluent reading. Though the lesson is part of a third grade unit and cites specific texts, it can easily be adapted to other ages and pieces of literature. An excellent resource for developing this fundamental skill in young readers.
Young readers continue to strengthen their fluency skills with a text of their choosing. The teacher first engages the class with an audio recording or read-aloud of a short poem, modeling for children how to read fluently. Next it's game time, as the class plays charades or taboo in order to reinforce the fluency vocabulary phrasingratepunctuation, and expression. Students then choose a text and read it independently, making notes to assist them when reading the text aloud. Finally, learners pair up and practice their fluent reading, providing each other with constructive feedback. Adaptable to a wide range of ages, this is a great resource for developing the reading skills of your class.
First graders use portable media players to improve their reading fluency. In this reading fluency lesson, 1st graders use a media player to read and record passages throughout the year to improve their reading fluency.
Readers work to increase their reading fluency through repeated timed readings. They learn to read with more excitement and enthusiasm in their voices, making a more pleasurable experience for their listeners.
Learners examine the importance of reading with fluency and expression in this instructional activity. They listen as the teacher reads the book "What Will the Seal Eat" first smoothly and with expression, and then slow, choppy, and without expression. The students discuss the advantages of reading with expression.
Students examine how reading fluency influences their understanding and enjoyment of a teacher read aloud. They listen as the teacher models choppy reading, and then read the same passage with fluency. Working with a partner, they participate in time rereading of a passage while the partner records the number of pages read. Finally, they complete one minute reads with the teacher as an assessment.
Students review basic reading decoding. Given books at their independent reading level, they read independently and with several different partners to increase reading fluency. They see how many more words per minute they can read after more and more practice.
First graders apply reading strategies to develop better reading fluency using the game "A Star and a Wish." They practice saying words correctly, grouping words together, and reading with expression.
Students observe and demonstrate various reading decoding strategies to improve their reading fluency. In pairs, they take turns reading sentences outloud to each other, with the goal of reading them more quickly each time. Students then time each other while reading the book "Eat My Dust! Henry Ford's First Race."
Students observe and demonstrate how to read silently. As a class they discuss the importance of silent reading and how to select a book appropriate for their own reading level. They demonstrate reading silently, and write a summary of their selected book in their reading journal.
Students practice their decoding skills to increase reading fluency. They use timed reading to observe the rate at which they read. They work in small groups to read a book in a time situation.