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Break up the mid-winter slump, and bring Fluency Boot Camp into your classroom! What is a Fluency Boot Camp? No… you will not be shipping your students off (sorry), nor will students have to march around the room (your choice), but I can guarantee that your students’ brains will be sweating as they participate in the classroom fluency camp you create! Just like any boot camp, students will build confidence through practice and drills. You can organize it for just one day, or you can set it up to last a full-week or month! Keep in mind, after just one day, students will start melting-away their non-fluent reading habits… and by the end of the week or month, students will be on their way to becoming confident, fluent readers! Are you sold on the idea yet? How to Organize Your Fluency Boot Camp Fluency Boot Camp can be modified and customized for pretty much any grade-level and classroom situation. Here’s a Fluency Boot Camp Planning Page to help you get started! Fluency Boot Camp Materials

Fluency Activities One of the most effective fluency activities I used with Michael was eyerobics. Reading is easier if each word is broken down into syllables – not letters. The eye needs to be trained to quickly recognize syllables. Otherwise words may look like an i-n-c-o-m-p-r-e-h-e-n-s-i-b-l-y large string of letters. (Broken into syllables that word is: in-com-pre-hen-si-bly.) Once my dyslexic son had learned his letters, his reading was very slow and laborious as he sounded out almost every letter of every word: “C-A-T cat”. Teaching With a Mountain View: Top 10 Tips for Building Fluent Readers + Link Up! We have all heard about the shift that happens, usually between second and third grade, when students (should) go from learning to read to reading to learn. Unfortunately, for some students, their ability to read to learn is stifled by their inability to read fluently. Even for those kids who can read at an average pace, the faster and more accurately they can read and decode, the more effectively they can comprehend. When I taught third grade, and now as an interventionist, the importance of fluency is empathized more than ever (and has definitely met some critics). I know that fluency is NOT the end-all, be-all, but a lot of research proves that it is important, and a lot of schools are trending toward fluency being a high priority. I have compiled a list of some of the resources and strategies I have used when teaching in the regular education classroom and as an interventionist.

Start with a Book What is fluency? Why does it matter? Reading fluency is a child's ability to read a book or other text correctly, quickly, and with expression. A fluent reader doesn't have to stop and "decode" each word. Leveled Books Why Use Reading A-Z Leveled Books Reading A-Z's English leveled books have been carefully written in accordance with standardized Leveling Criteria and quality checked with custom software. Leveled books are available in a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction genres and strengthen connections in literacy and content-area instruction. Many are also available in Spanish, French, and British English. FCRR Fluency Games Frequently Asked Questions about the K-5 Student Center Activities. Introduction During the spring 2004 Florida Reading First school site visits, staff from the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) determined that teachers may benefit from classroom materials that would be immediately useful in implementing independent student center activities. In 2004-2005, a team of teachers at FCRR reviewed current research, collected ideas, and created materials for use in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. These Student Center Activities, Teacher Resource Guide, and accompanying Professional Development DVD (K-1 Project) can be accessed at

Improving Fluency in Young Readers What is fluency? According the National Reading Panel (2000), fluency is the ability to read text with speed, accuracy and proper expression. Fluent readers: Recognize words automatically Read aloud effortlessly and with expression Do not have to concentrate on decoding Can focus on comprehension

Fluency in the High School Classroom: One Teacher's Method Classroom Vignette by Marcia W. Punsalan, Clay High School, Oregon City, Ohio Audio Stories & Brain Games for Kids to Play Windswept(5 mins) Written by Nadine D’Souza. A Copperpod tree learns that it takes two to tango. Piggis Play Games(6 mins) Written by Dave Donicci. Boy and girl pigs tackle outdoor games. The Persistent Rain Cloud(6 mins) Written by Nadine D’Souza.

Fluency Boot Camp is an interesting fluency development resource which can be used either holistically (like in a boot camp) or piecemeal to boost students' skills. by theofficepicnic Jul 25

Definitely a non traditional approach to fluency. There a lot of great activities to help students with fluency, and plenty of opportunities for practice. by msilvadun10 Jul 24

Fluency Boot camp is a great way to break the monotony of instruction. This is a great site because it provides steps and gives you examples and lists of all the materials that you need. Also provides links to download materials you can use for boot camp. by ttribou Jul 24

Fluency boot camp offers fluency components, practice drills, and reinforcement activities. There are online resources, downloadable material, and some good ideas on fluency activities. by robinct Jul 21

Fluency Boot Camp looks like a great way to support all students however I don't know if this would be applicable in my classroom by adamrosskuhn Mar 8

Amazing site with "Fluency Boot Camp" unit to be used as a classroom intervention and support all readers. by c.williams Nov 3