Monday, April 4, 2016

Improving Fluency

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Fluency is an important part of reading. I have noticed the students often tire of reading something over and over. I have done a few things this year to mix up my fluency instruction and stray from the typical timed passage(which we still do). This post contains affiliate links so you can bring these resources into your own classroom.

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One way to combat boring fluency practice is through reader's theater. My students have loved reader's theater year after year. I have a variety of different high interest reader's theaters. Many of these have leveled parts to meet the needs of all of your learners in the same text. After reading the plays several times we act them out. My students love this.

The next way I have been working on fluency is through my student's favorite songs. I asked each student to bring in the lyrics to their favorite songs. I asked that they check with their parents to make sure the song were school appropriate. I explained to my students that I may not be able to use their songs. It is so much fun to hear them sing along and read the lyrics. They all really like singing the songs. To make it even more fun I bought finger lights for them to track with as they read the lyrics.

I hope that you find these ideas helpful and fun! How do you engage your learners and build fluency in your classroom?

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