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Old 12-02-2009, 09:46 AM
 
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Hello Everyone!

I just found this website today and decided to join because I have a question I'm hoping you can help me with!

I am a Title I Reading teacher (our district doesn't do Title I Math anymore) and I teach K-4. One of the activites that I do is the one-minute timed fluency passages. I have a 2nd grader that is not doing very well at all. He sees me 4 times a week and I do fluency passages from Reading A-Z with him (he is on Level F). He also sees the Reading Specialist 5 times a week and she is doing the Fluency Card Bank from Lakeshore with him. In addition to this, I am sending home passages from Read Naturally for him to work on at home with mom--I have asked that they return them to school but I have never seen one come back.

My question is this: I am about to run out of passages at his level with the Reading A-Z passages; but he is not ready to go up to the next level. Our district's 2nd grade goal for words per minute is 90, and his most recent passage was 38 words and 5 errors--86% accuracy. Does anyone know of any other places I can get fluency passages at this low of a level? I've tried web searches, but all I'm finding are the 3 programs we already use with him.

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Some of my kids do better when its seen and practiced text like from a pervious guided reading book--independent level. Reading A-Z is great because you can mark in them. The kids keep graphs over the five readings and then move on to a new book at the same level. I would also look at sight word drills.

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www.freereading.net has passages that low and they are short, so getting further through the passage may make him feel better.
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Have you heard of Great Leaps? It was written by an EC teacher. There are three sections: phonics, phrases, and stories. Students read a page from each section for a minute. If the student reads the page in a minute or less with no more than 2 errors, he will move to the next page. If the page is not mastered, then he stays on that page until it is mastered. I have had good success with this program.

Also, I saw that you are sending passages home from Read Natually. Are you using Read Natually with the student in the classroom? I have the Phonics Level .8 program. I don't use it every day. I have tried to use it once a week. This program has worked well for me as well.

A student who has trouble reading fluently has a problem with phonemic awareness and phonics. Have you worked with him on these areas as well.

I hope this helps!

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I am sure your student has been making some progress. It sounds like you are working extra hard with him. We use the Read Well program for small groups. I used it in first grade for about 10 years. The author decided to revise it a little and added a 2nd grade and a 2+ level. It is a very structured, prescribed reading program. First, you have decoding (practice with phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words along with multisylabic words. Second, you have the reading of good stories (much of them are science or social studies related). You send homework (1 reading passage that needs to read at least 3 times). Next, you have the in class practice with fluency (buddy reading, class center activities that go along with the units). Finally, you test. It is a very well written program k-2+. It all amounts to practice. We have had a few kids that have trouble making the fluency rate but we go back and work on it more. The key is: if they are dragging the words out they need more help with phonics, if they are miss calling words, they need more sight word practice. Finally, if they just can not read it fast enough and have no errors: it could be they are slower at processing or it could have to do with their dialect. Some of us in Texas talk really slow We struggle with some stuents to get 80 to 90 words per minute. I hope you did not mind my spill about Read Well. We also use McGraw-Hill Reading, which is great but it may change this year with the State adoption. Hope this helps. I am sure you have done well with this child.


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The key is: if they are dragging the words out they need more help with phonics, if they are miss calling words, they need more sight word practice.
I used to think that students who couldn't meet the fluency rate for their level, just needed to see the words more and practice more. Then we got a wonderful reading specialist who helped us understand that many of those students needed more specific systematic phonics lessons.

She started going into classrooms, giving lessons on phonics, which included vowels, vowel teams and syllabication rules. She often had them reading lists of words (for the one-minute fluency practice) that followed whichever phonics rules she had taught them, as well. For older students, maybe starting around grades 3 or 4, she had them working more extensively on syllabication rules and how to read multi-syllable words.

She also taught us how to analyze the types of errors our students were making in order to determine the types of lessons they needed. (I couldn't begin to tell you all she taught us! There's a lot to keep in mind, and the answers aren't always quick-fix.)

Something else that occurred to me is that such things as choral reading of short poems and using reader's theater will give students opportunities for repeated readings without feeling the pressures of being timed and rated.

Maybe some of these ideas will trigger more ways you can help your student move forward.
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My school is 97% ELLand low socioeconomic population. We have been doing daily Fry Words and Phrases. So far the majority of my second graders have mastered through the first 300 Fry Words. Adding timed speed drills for reading these pages has improved fluency levels greatly compared to the students that didn't have this program last year. As for fluency, we use Dibels for our fluency testing, but also utilize our old Houghton Mifflin Fluency passages and Read Naturally for practice fluency. I send home a fluency passage for students to practice on for the week then return to me at the end of the week. In addition, our school just purchased The 6 Minute Solution Fluency Manual and we've begun implementing this. We do the daily, and since some students go to after school Extended Day classes, they get a double dose. I have more than 50 percent of my class reading over 80 WPM right now, and at least 5 over 124 WPM. With all of these things combined, I think it's a win win situation. Hope this helps.
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