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Teaching With a Mountain View: Top 10 Tips for Building Fluent Readers + Link Up!

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. 1. I know what you’re thinking—this is obvious. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Day 1 of new passage ONLY: Every Day: 8.

SuperSpeed: Game of Champ Readers! Improving student reading speed, of all serious educational problems, is one of the easiest to solve. Only 100 words, sight words, make up over 50% of the words students will ever read. Many of these words cannot be sounded out phonetically and thus must be known at sight, instantly. The more quickly students can read sight words, the faster they will read. 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 Why is fluency important? “Fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension.”

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!

4 Ways to Improve Oral Reading Fluency - Make Take & Teach Picked up a good book lately? Well, my shelves are literally busting with school-related books and I just organized them into categories. During my organizational frenzy, I came across Tim Rasinki’s book The Fluent Reader. I read this book cover to cover over spring break one year and absolutely loved it! I reopened the book once again, shook out some sand and read a few chapters. Here’s a little snippet from the book. Vocabulary Development During Read-Alouds: Primary Practices Reading storybooks aloud to children is recommended by professional organizations as a vehicle for building oral language and early literacy skills (International Reading Association & National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1998). Reading aloud is widely accepted as a means of developing vocabulary (Newton, Padak, & Rasinski, 2008), particularly in young children (Biemiller & Boote, 2006). Wide reading is a powerful vehicle for vocabulary acquisition for older and more proficient readers (Stanovich, 1986), but since beginning readers are limited in their independent reading to simple decodable or familiar texts, exposure to novel vocabulary is unlikely to come from this source (Beck & McKeown, 2007). Read-alouds fill the gap by exposing children to book language, which is rich in unusual words and descriptive language. Much is known about how children acquire new vocabulary and the conditions that facilitate vocabulary growth. Adult mediation in read-alouds

Fluency Practice Passages Why Use Fluency Practice Passages Fluency is a key foundational skill that helps students read complex text with greater understanding. When students read with accuracy and expression at an appropriate reading rate, their fluency supports their comprehension. 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. But, with all that there is to cover and the time crunch, we may sacrifice showing them mentor texts, examples of good writing. Show Not Tell As players complete challenges they’ll gain essential early reading practice. Your kids will work on phonics skills like letter-sound correspondence, building words from individual sounds, and getting comfortable with word families through rhymes, stories and songs. Join Roly, TuTu and the rest of the gang in games that reinforce phonological awareness, vowel and consonant sounds, and short words. Answer questions about key details in a text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1

Stone Fox The Stone Fox Progeny Press Study Guide By Progeny Press Stone Fox is the adventurous story of Willy, who lives with his suddenly ill-grandfather. When the State of Wyoming threatens to take his grandfather's farm, Willy enters a dog sled race hoping to win enough money to pay the taxes. But an Indian named Stone Fox also enters the race, and Stone Fox has never lost. Can Willy and his faithful dog, Searchlight, beat Stone Fox and his five white Samoyeds? 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.

Phonics Worksheets, Reading, for Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade This page was set up so that you can easily find our phonics worksheets by type and level. Preschool Phonics Worksheets You will find our phonics worksheets for teaching preschoolers and kindergartners. These worksheets will develop skills in the following areas: 20 iPad Apps To Teach Elementary Reading As anyone with a toddler knows, iPads are addictive for children. They seem to have some sort of special radar that lets them know when an iDevice is within their reach, and they’ll do anything they can to get their hands on them. Resistance is futile, but instead of lamenting excessive screen time, you can make your child’s iPad addiction a productive one with educational apps, including those that promote early reading. With these 20 apps, children can learn how to write letters, improve phonics fluency, and even write their own books. Read on to find the very best iPad apps for developing young readers, and feel free to share your own favorites in the comments. ABC PocketPhonicsKids can develop skills in letter sounds, writing, and first words with ABC PocketPhonics.

This article provides 10 different strategies for helping students become fluent readers, but what I liked about it, is that almost all of the strategies have links to helpful tools provided within the strategies. Another really cool thing about this resource is that it is written by a blogger, and at the end it includes links to other blogs on the topic. by ttribou Jul 24

I like the top ten strategies and the detailed explanation of each. I enjoyed the design of the activities for each grade level and can see how student's would enjoy, too. by calisc Jul 22

This blog is written by an elementary school teacher and reading coach.I liked the six minute solution myself. In addition to tips and ideas on improving fluency, she provides links to software, books and interactive games. by mkknowles Jul 17

This blog is great! I have used it in the past and this link is good as a fluency actvity reference. I particularly like the poetry station for improving fluency. by kjames15 Mar 11

This is an AMAZING website and honestly one of my favorite to date! This site focuses on various, fluency reading strategies, including the top 10 tips for building fluent readers with a plethora of research-based resources and ideas designed for classroom implementation. I especially enjoyed the second grade poetry fluency centers (older readers) and the vibrant task cards. I really enjoyed the bright colors and graphics found throughout the entirety of this particular site as well. by jlehman Mar 9

Went to this website just because of its name(!), but it's absolutely brilliant, too! by mcussen Feb 17