Thursday, March 29, 2012

How do you become a better reader?

This week my students learned all about how to become better readers.. I know, I know. Isn't that what we teach them all year long? We've focused the last two weeks on becoming fluent when reading. I did a mini lesson each day using a different nursery rhyme. I thought you might like to see what my lovelies got to do:

Monday's Mini-lesson: What's the perfect speed?


The kids thought it was great when I read it waaaay too fast and waaaaay too slow. They had fun practicing with their partners reading it the wrong way and then the right way :) 

Tuesday's Mini-lesson: Decode and Reread

Several of my higher readers had to be told to keep the secret word secret. But all in all this was a great lesson. We practiced reading at the right speed until we got to the underlined word. We decoded using our strategies. Then we discussed what the right thing to do next would be: go on, go back, skip the word. Most of my students said go on... since that's what they do. So I corrected them. Their reading has definitely been a bit better since then! I'm hoping this aides in their comprehension as well!

Wednesday's Mini-Lesson: Punctuation- What's it's job?


This lesson was great for my students to realize how important punctuation is.. not just to end a sentence in writing.. but also to allow a breathing space or pause for readers. This was one of the first times that we really have talked about commas too. Again, it was hilarious to hear them model it the wrong way and then correct themselves. This is a great strategy that I've adapted from the Daily 5.

Thursday's Mini-Lesson: Putting it all together


I'm sure you can guess what we did this day.... we did it all! The kids did a great job with it too!

Friday's Mini-lesson: Expression

On Friday, I read the book Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion.

Harry the Dirty Dog

We stopped and discussed several points in the book where the expression that a reader uses is everything. The kids were great! Here are some of my questions that I asked them:

What punctuation do you think that was?
How can you tell?
How should my voice sound when I read it?
What if I read it like this (read it in a flat boring voice)?

Each day, during Daily 5, my students had to sequence the pictures of each nursery rhyme in order. It was a great (old) sheet that the teacher before me had left copies of in her filing cabinet. I'm going to work on making a newer version during my Spring Break.

I also wrote the nursery rhymes on sentence strips and cut them apart. The students did an excellent job of putting them back in order. I am really proud because I did only the words with out any pictures!

How do you get your students to increase their fluency?

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