What does fluency mean?
"Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately. Their reading is smooth and has expression." (readingrockets.org)
- Reread! Read, reread, and reread again! Students can reread a short book or a favorite page or part in a story to gain fluency.
- Tell jokes! Reading and reciting jokes helps to build fluency. It's all in the delivery!
- Record! Record a student reading aloud. Play it back to the student & have the child notice the errors. Practice reading more fluently, then record the perfected form!
- Readers' Theater! Students love to act out scenes. Create your own or read a script. Rehearse lines using different tones of voice for a more convincing role!