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Old 12-06-2007, 08:41 PM
 
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Do any of you use this to improve fluency with your students? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

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Old 12-07-2007, 05:48 AM
 
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I use this program. I use it for fluency only and never comprehension. We practice aloud whole class a few times and we do the charting.

I like it because it focuses on the intended goal of fluency, doesn't take too much time and reminds kids to focus on their reading. The passages are good selections. I have also used "Read Naturally" and found that the passages were good for comprehension, but some did not flow very well for fluency.

Some kids are not automatic with their sight words, (I teach 6th grade). They stumble or substitute incorrect words and often to the point that it messes up the comprehension. Fluency practice in reading is like memorizing multiplication facts in math. A quick six minutes per day is a good use of class time.
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:04 AM
 
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Can you tell me more about the 6 minute solution? I have 8 3rd graders who really struggle with fluency.

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Edited to add: I just did a search on it...$119!!! Not something I can afford right now.

Did your school order it?

I was hoping there was an inexpensive book I could purchase.
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Old 12-07-2007, 08:46 PM
 
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Yes, I guess you could say it's a little pricey. Our district's language arts specialist is really recommending it though. She used it while in Florida. My school has recently purchased it.
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Old 12-08-2007, 06:57 AM
 
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All I have from six minute is fluency passages. No other materials.


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Old 12-08-2007, 09:45 AM
 
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Where did you get them? Are they in book form, and you just copy them?

(Thinking I would really like to take a look at/try this program!)
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:03 AM
 
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It was just a book a collegue owned. I copied the passages.
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Old 12-09-2007, 04:27 PM
 
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I noticed that there are only 25 passages for each grade level. Are you supposed to use the same passage all week long (read it five times)? Is that how it works?
Also, what does the student record sheet look like? Can you describe it for me?
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Fluency practice is the repeated reading of a passage. Students should not try to "race", but read the passage with prosody. Since I have sixth graders, I start fluency practice after Christmas for students that need it. I do not have students practice fluency passages if they are fluent. These students may work on Reader's Theater passages to improve their vocal expression.

I test the students fluency at the beginning of each quarter. To do this, I use three standard grade level passages. The student reads for one minute. I write down the number of words minus the errors. I start in December, so I compare results from the beginning of the first quarter. I find the correct fluency level for the student.

To practice fluency, students read the passage several times a day. They need to read precisely and correctly. They cannot read with a friend until they master the words. We choral read slowly at first. We practice other types of reading such as cloze reading, etc.

They read the same passage all week and must practice at home (if they are below grade level).

For testing and graphing, you need to just do a typical cold/hot read test. Students read "cold" with no practice and time for one minute. On Friday, after much practice they read same passage "hot" Mark each side by side on a graph cold is blue and red is hot. Obviously they will always show substantial improvment after the practice and it is very motivating to kids. The cool part is that you should start to see the bars of the blue cold reads going up. That is where the teacher is looking for improvement.

Finally, I retest again at the next quarter. Grade level students move up to reader's theater and some students move up a level, or continue to practice.

25 passages is plenty. Don't overdo fluency. It isn't real reading, as in reading for meaning. Some kids will always struggle to read fluently aloud. If they struggle with fluency, it is a sign that they will struggle with comprehension, but it isn't always an absolute.
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