Problem Solving: How to improve reading fluency?
- Increase amount of time for eyes on print
- Provide practice with a variety of text
- Increase all phases of fluency: accuracy, expression, phrasing, smoothness and rate
One research-based practice with data supporting it is partner reading. The routine used for short, easy texts to build automaticity, expression, phrasing, smoothness and rate looks like this.
Students will be assigned partners. They will read together twice, then take turns at 3 and 4 above and then read a final fifth time together. Each partner will read the “text” 4 times.
What will students read?
Reading texts will be set up like centers. The choices are poetry, sight word phrases, short printed stories, informational books, and narrative books.
The checklist that students will use is this:
What do the materials look like?
Instructional Focus: Reading Fluency
Goal: Increase student fluency through intensive repeated partner practice reading. Instruction: 5 minute mini-lesson with practice in phases of fluency. And then keep a research-based strategy – partner reading so the teacher can hear how students use the instructional focus in their reading with a partner. Changing up the materials will help alleviate teacher boredom and will provide a framework for students to read and reread text in an organized and yet familiar process. Teachers can then determine which students need additional practice at this level and which students need to be challenged. Increase both length and difficulty of text as students meet criteria.
Writing Process: I had to determine how best to “show” this work. I pulled photos from my phone and screen shot the student form with my snipping tool. A question / answer format seemed to be the easiest to focus on the key elements for this work. Explaining the format seemed easy. Insertion of pictures into WordPress today – extremely difficult. Some pictures flipped upside down. They took forever to load. FRUSTRATING!
What has worked for you?
How do you keep your fluency work focused but yet meaningful for students?
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