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Next year I would like to include a fluency component into my reading program. I have just finished my first year using Houghton Mifflin reading program and besides having the children reread the main selection and their leveled reading book I didn't do any other fluency lessons. My literacy coach and I did experiment with Reader's Theater for a week this May and the kids loved it. I would love to hear some ideas!


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Have you seen the YOU READ TO ME AND I'LL READ TO YOU books? There are at least two. I put each page on an overhead and we practiced fluency whenever we had a couple of minutes before lining up etc. It was a fun way and whenever I said "I think we have enough time for YOU READ TO ME AND i'LL READ TO YOU" the kids cheered. I read the parts on the left side and the class read the parts on the right side. Then we would switch and read the passage again. Then the boys would read one side and the girls the other etc. It's fun.
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There are sme great ideas for fluency at the wesite below. I did the 2-3 activities and my kids begged me to do them even though they were very simple. It helps improve their fluency a lot. I also use the HM reading program. Just scroll down until you get to the Fluency and click on it. Hope this helps .


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This a website from which I have gotten some good reader's theater scripts. http://www.teachingheart.net/readerstheater.htm

Scholastic also has:
--Perfect Poems With Strategies for Building Fluency, Grades 3-4, ISBN 0-439-443831-4
--Fluency Practice Mini-Books, Grade 3, ISBN 0-439-55418-7
--Readers Theater for Building Fluency, Grades 3-6, ISNB 0-439-52223-4
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Thanks for all the great ideas! My class in the fall is very low and I think fluency will help them a great deal. I will definetly check out the websites. I have not seen the YOU READ TO ME and I'LL READ TO YOU books. Could you tell me more about them?


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Fluency is a big push in my room...
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Hi, Ren,

I did my master's thesis on the importance of fluency, and it really changed the way I approach teaching reading in the classroom. After the different fluency-building activities I have added, I see a difference in my students' overall reading performance in all areas.
One thing I do is book buddies with a first grade classroom. I used to teach 1st, so I kept all my tradebooks from then. My kids choose a book to practice for the week (some weeks I choose the books, according to their levels, especially at the beginning of the year). My students practice reading them to each other, and I even send them home in manila envelopes to practice w/ family members. I include a rubric w/ the book that the parent has to fill out and conference w/ their child about. Then, we read our books on Fridays to the book buddies. Reading these easier books helps build fluency in a way that tricks the kids into reading easy material, but with a "big kid" purpose.
Back to the rubric I send home to the parents, I try once a week to send a fluency homework home w/ a rubric where the students have to read to their parents a book/ passage we read at school, and the parent must "grade" and conference with their child. The parent must grade their child based on fluency, word decoding, speed, attention to punctuation, and the big one, expressive tone. This homework has proven very successful because some parents get big revelations about whether their child is struggling w/ fluency or not. I just bought a fluency passage book from Scholastic at the end of the summer that has reproducible passages in it. I'm going to try to save myself some time by using these next year in place of me constantly running textbook pieces off the copier.
One other thing the reading specialist recently did with the children was called "reading to the wall". The children are given a passage to practice "reading to the wall". When they have to face the wall, they can hear their voice reverberate back, and they are also not afraid to read out loud because everyone is doing it at the same time, and it's somewhat private. We then have them read the passage to a partner. Again, we make use of a child-friendly rubric, and let the partners rate each other's fluency based on the rubric.
One other method I use I learned in a master's class, and it is a simple but helpful tip! When I do guided reading groups, I sometimes do running records. I actually ahead of time, assign page numbers in the tradebook for each student to practice, telling them they can ask a friend if there is an unfamiliar word they don't know. Then, we read the book with each student reading their assigned pages. It's like the looked-down-upon Round Robin, except the students read better and faster because the student had time to practice before reading their pages.
Also, never underestimate the power of the Read Aloud. Your modeling the fluency and expression has an impact on the children, I think...
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Thanks for all the great ideas. What is the name of the Scholastic book you purchased? I am curious about the rubric. What criteria did you put on it?
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Go check out the black line masters. There are several ideas in there for Fluency. The instant word lists are great too!!



http://www.nuview.k12.ca.us/nes/teacherresources.htm
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Book title and rubric...
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Hi again, Ren,

The book I purchased from Scholastic is called "Reading Comprehension and Fluency: Grades 2-3." It has 30 passages w/ a small comprehension component and a parent note w/ ea. passage. I will simply include my own fluency rubric w/ the passage each time I use it. I can't say the comprehension portion is strong, but it's not overwhelming for the kids either. For example, one passage states the main idea, and the child has to list 5 details from the story to support it.
I have never sent an attachment before. I am going to attempt to send an oral reading fluency rubric (the only one on my home pc, sorry, the others are on at school). It is based on the first oral fluency assignment I give at the beginning of the year, but you will at least get the idea...hope it works!
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Great website, Love 2 Teach!
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Love 2 Teach,

Thanks for sharing that awesome website; I just downloaded and printed out GADS of reader's theater scripts. They were all on the easy side, but would be great at the beginning of the year next year. There was lots of other good stuff on there!


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Thanks for the rubric. I can understand how informative this would be for parents.
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I love these books
Old 08-17-2007, 05:22 PM
 
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The I'll Read to You, You Read to me Books are great! I have used these two books in many ways. My first graders and our fourth grade buddies worked in pairs when we met to practice a selection together. The first time was hard for my kiddos, but by the end they were "reading like fourth graders!" They were so excited when they presented with their buddy in front of the whole class. It was amazing how my student's fluency improved! I also use these in a third grade reading intervention program I teach during the summer. I am moving to third grade this year and plan on using these books along with reader theater scripts for morning work.
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