Fluency

The ability to read text quickly, accurately and with proper expression.

There are many engaging way to practice fluency within the classroom setting.  Activities can include:

  • Poetry recitation and Flash Mob Poetry
  • Choral reading, paired reading and repeated reading
  • Rapid Automatic Naming (RAN) activities and games
  • Reader’s Theatre
  • Phrase Reading
  • Reading to younger students

Poetry

Sign up for Tim Rasinki’s weekly emails and receive a poem every Friday. Simply email Tim at trasinsk@kent.edu or follow him on twitter at @timrasinski1

Tim Raskinski website

Phrases

In addition to sentence and passage reading, phrase reading in a great way to build fluency skills.

Edward Fry’s list of phrases incorporates the first 600 words in the Fry word lists.

Edward Fry List Phrases

Reader’s Theatre

Reader’s Theatre is a great way to build fluency and prosody skills.

Books:

Canadian: U-Otter Read-It by Helen Raczuk and Marilyn Smith

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/U-Otter-Read-It-Educational-Resources

Sites:

The following sites provide a variety of free, downloadable Reader’s Theatre scripts:

Teaching Heart RT Scripts

The Best Class RT Scripts

Scripts can also be found in a variety of books and on Reading A-Z.

Florida Center for Reading Research

Reader's Theatre

Simbi: Reading, Creating and Listening 

Simbi is a website with a collection of eBooks that can be read, listened to, or students can record their voice to provide narration while reading the book for others to enjoy

Creating Audio Books with QR Codes using your own Library

QR code Fluency lesson The information in this link will provide step by step instructions to use QR codes as a means to increase fluency levels and capture audio files of students reading picture books.  The QR codes are placed on the back of these library books.  When these books are checked out of the library, the code may be scanned using an iPhone or iPad, and the voice of a child reading this book will be heard!  This lesson is infused with assessment for learning strategies.  Kara Dawson, Lynn Swift, Debbie Nelson and Carol Walters were always impressed by the levels of engagement we saw in students as we shared this work across the Comox Valley.

More information about QR Codes and Fluency

Practicing Diction and Prosody using Technology

Book Creator

Use images of passages or images of book pages to set up an exemplar and multiple student readings to build fluency.

  • iPad app available to be deployed on all SD71 iPads

Using the Book Creator app insert (+ tool) a page of a book or a passage of text can  using the Photo or Camera feature. A model reading audio example can be recorded using the insert (+ tool) Add Sound feature. Students can listen to the audio model (double tap the sound icon) and then add their own recording to the page using the (+ tool) Add Sound feature.

book creator app a page of text with sound icons 1 as a model reading example and another with student audio recordings

Book Creator App – Fluency Example

Flipgrid

Students can make a Flipgrid video recording of themselves reading a passage or text from a book. these can be shared with the teacher, family or uploaded to an eportfolio.

Microsoft Reading Progress

How to use Microsoft Reading Progress in Teams

Microsoft Word Dictation

Student can copy and paste a passage into Word and have Immersive Reader (View tab and Immersive Reader) read the text out loud. Students can practice reading the passage out loud and have dictate feature (Home tab)  in Word type the text. They can listen to the dictated text read back to them using Immersive Reader (View tab and Immersive Reader).