We often conduct reading fluency tests on our students without explicitly teaching this skill. Use this lesson, which incorporates student peer review, to help raise awareness of reading fluency while improving it.
Students will be able to increase their reading fluency through multiple readings and peer review.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
Write the word "fluency" in the middle of a piece of chart paper, and invite students to share their knowledge on the word's meaning. Ask students to think of other words or contexts they associate with the word fluency or fluent, and record their answers.
Tell students the definition of fluent (able to express oneself easily and articulately), and write the definition on the board, near students' background knowledge.
Ask students to turn to a partner and guess what they think reading fluency means. Call on a few students to share their thinking.
Tell students that today they will have a chance to work in partnerships with each other to measure and improve their reading fluency.
Define "fluent" in students' home language (L1) or allow students to use home language resources such as dictionaries or glossaries to translate the word.
Place ELs in effective partnerships (e.g., with sympathetic and helpful non-ELs or with advanced ELs) to discuss their ideas on the meaning of the term "reading fluency."