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Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing.

Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing.
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

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Phonemic Awareness Assessment All assessments should be given one-on-one. When should it be assessed? Phonemic awareness assessments should be done three times during the kindergarten and first grade years to help guide instruction. 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. Teach With a Mt View: 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.

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”. 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.

Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers If we want students to do something well, it helps to both tell them and show them what we expect. When it comes to writing assignments, we teachers will give students directions to write a convincing essay or draft a descriptive narrative followed by telling them how to earn a good grade on it. Many of us also hand out a rubric or criteria chart that tells all the expectations for the essay. 24 Entertaining Short Stories For Middle School 24 Entertaining Short Stories For Middle School Reading in middle school is tricky, and it’s not simply a matter of decoding and fluency. Middle school students are an interesting bunch, with rapid brain development, emerging identities, and a varied assortment of readiness, background knowledge, and maturity in any given classroom. This can make selecting short stories for middle school students a challenge. The following graphic may help. weareteachers.com, a treasure trove of teachers resources, put together the image below to help jumpstart your thinking.

Project-based learning, the USA and Authentic Video in the EFL classroom The Globe Trekker/Pilot Guides video collection is a treasure trove for any English teacher. It encompasses extensive material from every corner of the world, and especially English-speaking countries are lavished with attention. Australia, Canada, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England – you name it. Even individual cities are endowed with an approx. 50-minute complete video of its own, like London, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans to name but a few. Covering the United States satisfactorily in the language classroom is a daunting project, especially if you want to give your students more than a superficial understanding of its history, geography, language and people. Most textbooks for EFL students fall short in this respect, and it’s understandable – time available is limited and there is so much more that needs to be covered.

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

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