4 Fun Reading Fluency Activities

Sarah Lynn

Sarah Lynn

According to the National Reading Panel (2000), the four components of reading are: comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and alphabetics. As ESOL teachers we know how to teach vocabulary and comprehension, but fluency and alphabetics are terra incognita.

There are the great classic fluency activities: Read Along, Echo Reading, Choral Reading, and Paired Reading. For a primer on the classics, check out my blog: http://teachertwoteacher.wordpress.com

In this article, I want to feature four fluency activities that focus more tightly on specific skill development.

Please note: All fluency activities occur after students have read the text silently and demonstrated their comprehension.

1. Mismatch Read Aloud

This approach was developed by reading expert Thomas Stitch. The teacher supplies students with a printed text and reads it aloud, occasionally substituting a different word for a word students see. Students circle the mismatched words.
Note: The teacher substitutes words close in meaning, for example: pink for red, or location for place.
Why: Encourages fluency AND accurate decoding.

2. Timed Reading
Students read the same text from the beginning in short bursts (1-3 minutes). Students mark how far they get each time. With multiple re-readings, students get further and further along in the text.
Why: Encourages rapid reading, forces repetitive reading, builds automaticity in word recognition, and strengthens students’ confidence.

3. Recorded Reading
Students record themselves reading a text. They listen to themselves and record again until they are satisfied with their delivery.
Extension: The teacher listens to the student’s recording and marks errors in the printed text. The teacher records a model of the marked words or phrases so that the student can listen and record again.
Why: Encourages repetitive reading, builds accuracy, and requires students to self-assess.

4. Performance reading
In small groups, students prepare a performance of a poem, skit, story, or article. Students divide the text up into sections and practice reading their parts aloud to each other. Then students perform for the class.
Why: Provides a natural motivation for re-reading and lively expression.

Again, for more information on other activities, please go tomy blog: http://teachertwoteacher.wordpress.com/