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Growing Independency and Fluency

By: Jessica C.R.

Rationale: Fluent reading is a very important goal in teaching reading. When students read fluently, they read fast. A child who reads fluently is able to comprehend text better because they do not get bogged down trying to decode text which ultimately leads to frustration. This lesson is designed to help students read more fluently by gaining automatic word recognition through timed repeated readings. Students will work in pairs and take turns timing each other on repeated readings.

Materials:

-“The Dog that Pitched a No-Hitter” for each student

-Stopwatch (for each pair of students)

-Fluency Literacy check sheets (one for each student)

-Speed reading check sheet (one for each student)

Procedure:

2. Next, pass out the pre-made cover-up critters. Model how to use them. Whenever you come to a word you do not know, use your cover-up critter to help you sound it out! I will show you an example.” Write word catch on board. “I cover up the last three letters tch. We know tch=/ch/. Now I will start at the beginning: c=/k/ and a=/a/. Let me put these together: c-a-tch. Oh the word is catch!

3. To work on our fluency, not only do we use our cover-up critters, we also will read the text three different times and time ourselves to see if we are improving in fluency. You will pair up and time each other as your read. Then you will record your time on the worksheets I give you.

5.Next, pass out the books The Dog that Pitched a No-Hitter to all students.  Next, give booktalk on The Dog that Pitched a No-Hitter. This book is about a boy named Mike and his dog Harry. Mike is a pitcher for the baseball team and he is really nervous about his baseball game. His dog, Harry tries to encourage Mike and help him get the outs he needs during the game. Will he gain the confidence he needs to strike out the rest of the batters or will the other team end up winning? You will have to read to find out! Now, I want you read the story and take turns with your partner timing each other. Now I want each of you to find a partner.” Pass out the record sheets and stopwatches to each pair. Decide who will read first and who will record first. For practice, I want you to read page 1 and have your partner record the time on the sheet. Repeat this two more times. Walk around and monitor as the students do this. How did you do? Did you improve?

6.After your partner is finished reading the story three times, the recorder will use the fluency literacy sheets to evaluate your partner. You will check the appropriate box for when your partner remembered more words, read faster, read smoother and read with expression. Was it after the 2nd or 3rd reading? Check the box which applies.

7.For assessment, check the students recording sheets to see if they are progressing. Also, ask comprehension questions such as, “How did the dog help the boy win the game?,” “What enabled Mike and his dog to read each other’s minds?”

References:

-Ali Long: Reading Fast is a Blast!

-Christopher, Matt. The Dog that Pitched a No-Hitter. New York: Scholastic, 1988. Print.

Name:_________________________            Date:___________

Time:

Fluency Literacy Sheet (to be filled in after 3 readings)

When I listened to my partner read:

After 2nd           After 3rd

1. Remembered more words         _______          _______