Fluency Resources

Sep 16, 2010 by

The Fluent Reader by Tim Rasinski, Scholastic, 2003. “A Focus on Fluency: How One Teacher Incorporated Fluency with Her Reading Curriculum” by Lorraine Griffith and Tim Rasinski, The Reading Teacher, 58, 126-137. “Speed Does Matter in Reading” by Tim Rasinski, The Reading Teacher, 54, 146-151. Increasing Your Students’ Reading Fluency: Strategies That Work Grades 1-3 BER Video Training Program www.ber.org         Share...

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Poetry Attack

Apr 7, 2009 by

A 3rd grade teacher near Akron, Ohio shared this idea with me.  She uses a lot of poetry as part of her reading and fluency instruction.  One day she led her students into another classroom where they circled the students in that class.  They announced, “Poetry Attack!” and broke into a choral recitation of a practiced poem.  Then they quietly left the room.  They began randomly “attacking” other classrooms on subsequent days.  One day one of these classes entered her room and announced, “Attack back!”  A spark was ignited.  At the end of the year they had a whole school assembly where classes took turns reciting favorite poems.  Imagine the enthusiasm! I love this idea! Share...

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Poetry Center

Apr 7, 2009 by

This is a very simple literacy center.  When students are assigned to the poetry center, they look through their Poetry Notebooks for the poems we have practiced together as a class.  Each time a new poem is introduced in class, students circle the page number in their notebooks.  During centers time they illustrate the poems that have already been introduced and practice reading them with a partner. Share...

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Poetry Pause

Apr 7, 2009 by

In his book Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature by Lester Laminack advocates six read-aloud opportunities that we can incorporate into our classroom routines.  One of those is for the purpose of putting the sound of written language in the air through the sharing of poetry.  After all, poetry is meant to shared orally.  I decided to try this in my classroom by setting aside a few minutes of my daily morning meeting.  To ensure that we don’t skip over this, I select two students to share a poem each daily.  This privilege is bestowed upon my two Helpers of the Day.  These two students each select and practice a poem they would like to read to the class.  They also tell why they selected this poem.  I display a collection of...

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Fluency Development Lesson

Apr 4, 2009 by

This is probably my favorite fluency-building activity.  I first learned about the Fluency Development Lesson when I attended a Tim Rasinski workshop.  I have used this technique for years and have found it be so effective.  In fact, I am convinced that some of my struggling readers’ reading success is due in large part to this technique.  Click on the link below for detailed instructions: Fluency Development Lesson (FDL) You can use any short text for the FDL.  I use poems from our Poetry Notebooks.    These students are completing the partner reading portion of the FDL (step 5): After practicing with partners, small groups of students perform for the class (step 6): Share...

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