Reading Fluency Teacher Resources
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Developing Reading Fluency: Beginning the End of Unit 2 Assessment
Third graders continue to develop their reading fluency in preparation for their assessment in the tenth lesson 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.
Developing Reading Fluency: Criteria for Reading Aloud
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.
Developing Reading Fluency: Selecting a Text and Practicing Reading Aloud
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 phrasing, rate, punctuation, 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.
Vocabulary Building Activity
Four weeks of vocabulary words are provided here! Each week has between six and seven vocabulary words for your young learners to master. First they hear each word, and then they get a short definition for each word. The second activity is called "letter soup," and it requires learners to unscramble the list of vocabulary words. To really build comprehension, learners write sentences using each vocabulary word. Finally, the teacher assesses each learner's verbal and reading fluency.
Poe's Poetry and Prosody
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!
Podcasting for Reading Fluency
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!
Flying Through The World Of Books
Students practice various strategies for fluent, expressive reading. After reviewing chunking and book talks, students choose an appropriate leveled book to read. They are assessed on their reading fluency and reading expression after practicing their selected passage.
Get on the Fluency Boat
Students increase their reading fluency through the use of various strategies. After reviewing chunking, decoding, and rereading, students complete an initial read of a novel text. Working with a partner, they read complete a timed assessment of their words read per minute and record their progress.
Poe's Poetry and Prosody
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.
Holes, by Louis Sachar
Students use reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, written expression to write in journals as reading "Holes" by Louis Sachar. Some days are set aside for tests and/or food tasting.
Dividing Words Into Syllables to Develop Reading Fluency
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.
Assessing Reading Fluency Using the Flip Video
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.
Vowels, Reading Fluency
Third graders practice identifying words with the short o vowel sound. They use the strategy will reading a page from The Hare and the Tortoise. They read the passage while focusing on increasing their reading fluency and practice reading given phrases with a partner. They complete the associated questions.
Mythology: Reader's Theater
Build reading fluency and classroom community with a Reader’s Theater activity. Class groups select a myth, or if part of a myth writing unit, select a group member’s myth, craft a script, and perform for the class. Directions for scripting a myth and a model myth are included in the plan.
Students use three nonfiction selections in order to investigate the concept of animal communication. They use a graphic organizer for the information as it is gathered in the reading.
Vocabulary Building Activities
In these four building vocabulary worksheets, students view vocabulary word lists, use definition clues, unscramble letters, and write sentences using each vocabulary word. Students write twenty-one answers per learning exercise.
Two-Consonant Vocabulary Words
In these four building vocabulary worksheets, students define, unscramble, write sentences containing at least seven words and showing word meanings, and time read the seven vocabulary words. Students complete four skills.
Using Reader's Theater in the Classroom
Here are some suggestions for using Reader's Theater in the classroom.
The Great Gilly Hopkins
Third graders read silently and retell a story about an eleven year old girl who moves in with a foster family. In this Great Gilly Hopkins story, 3rd graders retell the story and answer questions about the plot. Students focus on analyzing characters to understand the story.
Guided Reading Lesson Plan: Maniac MaGee
Young scholars start a week-long novel unit by activating their prior knowledge. In this reading comprehension instructional activity, students read, Maniac MaGee a few chapters at a time, and discuss what they read as they go along.