Reading fluency is an important building block in the development of a strong reader.
Research shows that the more a passage is read, the more fluent the reader becomes. (We don’t need the research to know that ;))
- Reader’s Theater
- Choral Reading
- Student-Adult Reading
- Partner Reading
- (I’m sure you can think of more!)
I was blessed with a class set of iTouches – so we use the build in recording app, but you can use any recording app that is on your device, or go the the app store to find one. I just use the free one- it works great for my second graders.
You are going to want to choose reading passages at your students’ level. I have used the small readers in my basal series, close reading passages, and resources from my favorite expert on reading fluency, Timothy Rasinsky.
He has created these for many grade levels, which makes it super easy to differentiate for our students’ various reading levels.
He has included a CD, so students are able to listen to the passage first.
(If you would like a copy, just click on the picture to download.)
- Share their best recording (hopefully the 2nd Reading) with a buddy.
- Volunteers share their recordings with class.
- E-mail me their best recording.
- Schedule weekly conferences with your students to listen together and discuss their reading fluency. I like to have a copy of the student’s Reflection Rubric to use in this discussion.
I hope you will try using a recording app with your students!
If you have any questions, just leave it in the comments and I will be delighted to help in any way I can.