Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tools for Improving Fluency

Tools for Improving Student Reading Fluency

As I begin to think about heading back to school (just how does summer go so fast?), I am planning for fluency activities.  Fluency activities and the tools I will need to help students improve their reading.

You don't need lots and lots of items to teach fluency.  But whatever you use, make it engaging!  Also, be sure that students understand that building their fluency isn't all about reading as fast as they can.  Building fluency leads to better comprehension!

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Tools for Improving Student Reading Fluency

When modeling fluency, make an anchor chart with students and demonstrate what each part would look and sound like.  You can find the chart paper at Staples.

Tools for Improving Student Reading Fluency

Use markers, my students LOVE Mr. Sketch, to model how to scoop the words into phrases.  Students can use pointers to help them read from the charts.  Learning to read in phrases can be the key for some students to make great improvements with fluency.

Fluency Intervention Binder Activities for Improving Fluency

One easy key to improving fluency is strengthening sight words!  Sight Words need to be read quickly and automatically.  So add some dice and play a quick game!

Fluency Activities with Fluency Intervention Binders

As students work in reading groups, start small and practice phrases.  Add a pointer and a whisper phone so students can hear themselves.  

Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders

Students can play games with a partner or just themselves to make practicing phrases more engaging.

Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders for Improving Fluency


 You may have students that need the scaffolding of sentences already in phrases.  This is a good way for them to hear how it sounds.


Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders for Improving Fluency

Another tip is to have students record themselves reading on the iPad.  Then have them listen to see if they are keeping to the anchor chart points (second picture from the top of the post).  Students love listening to themselves read!

Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders for Improving Reading Fluency

A fun way for students to practice getting in expression is to read sentences in different ways.  Spin a paperclip and read the sentence with that expression!  They can use the iPad to record themselves doing this too.

Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders for Improving Fluency

Finally, check to see that comprehension is improving as you are building fluency.  

Fluency Activities and Fluency Intervention Binders for Improving Fluency

You can find these No Prep- Print and Go Fluency Intervention Binders in Sets A thru E individually or as a bundle.  


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