Have you ever said this to your students? “Boys and girls, practice reading smoothly and with expression so.you.don’t.sound.like.a.ro.bot.” Well, I have. Sometimes I say it all day. If you know me even a little bit as a teacher, you know I’m BIG on fluency development. Even though the majority of my first graders are still sounding out CVC words and beginning to stretch out CVCe words, we talk about fluency a lot! In the beginning, my biggest goal is for the kids to understand what fluency is and learn different “self-help” techniques they can use to grow in their fluency development.
Here are some of the things we’re up to this week as we work on our fluency.
Readers’ Theater: Lights, Camera, Read! We started our first Readers’ Theater on Monday on an adaptation of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. The repetitive lines allow all students to be successful and they love the fun story events. We will perform this Readers’ Theater to a couple of the older classes during the week of Halloween.
taught it to me. Leave a comment if you know who the author is! I love it! 🙂
Understanding Punctuation: Having discussions about punctuation in writing and reading can help your kiddos read with expression. It helps to really discuss why the author included that particular piece of punctuation in the text. For example, “What is the character excited about?” “Why is the character excited?” “How do the illustrations help you understand that the character is excited?” These are all questions that will really get your students thinking about the story and the emotions behind the text.
We read this very popular book, Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka