How to Use Interactive Read-Alouds to Transform Your Reading Class!

The science is settled when it comes to Interactive Read-Alouds. Not only do classroom teachers recognize that Interactive Read-Alouds are a powerful and engaging teaching tool, but the research indicates that they’re undeniably effective as well.   Need another reason to use Interactive Read-Alouds? They make lesson planning for your Reading Block time a breeze!   In case you’re a little late to the party, here’s a simple explanation of what an Interactive Read-Aloud is: Interactive Read-Alouds make the most of read-aloud time by uniting the elements of comprehension, fluency, and standards in reading. They provide an easy way for teachers…

Assessing Reading Fluency to Boost Fluency Growth

  In order to accurately assess a student’s fluency and guide his or her development, a teacher needs to look at all the components of fluency.  In the simplest of terms, fluency can be divided into three critical components: accuracy, rate, and prosody (expression and smoothness).   Accuracy A student’s ability to decode and process the text can be measured by finding his or her accuracy rate. An accuracy rate can be determined by finding the percentage of words in a text that students can read accurately.  For text being read independently, a target accuracy rate should be 95% or…

What is Reading Fluency?

  What is reading fluency? Even people not familiar with the elements that make up fluent reading, know a fluent reader when they hear one.  They read smoothly with proper intonation.  A fluent reader is easy to listen to and understand because it simply sounds like they are telling you a story. A successful reader is able to process the text on the page and comprehend the text that has been read.  Reading fluency can be thought of as the bridge between processing and comprehending the text.  A fluent reader is able to process the text in such a way…

Why is Reading Fluency So Important in the Primary Grades?

  Why is reading fluency important? Have you ever tried to learn to play an instrument?  If so, think about those early days of learning the instrument.  I can remember my days in middle school band.  Each note was a struggle!  If I was lucky enough to recognize the note at first glance, then came the struggle of how to hold my lips and which keys should be held down, not to mention when the note was to be played.  After lots and lots of practice, frustration, and even a few tears, the notes started to come more easily. Eventually,…

Have You Read? Toys Meet Snow

Today I would like to introduce you to a great book for reading aloud to your students during the cold winter months…..Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins. A little girl goes away with her family on a winter vacation leaving three of her favorite toys at home.  Lumphy, a stuffed buffalo, Sting Ray, a plus stingray, and Plastic, a red rubber ball look out the window and discover that it is snowing.  The three friends decide to head outside to play.  The spend the day building a snowman, making snow angels, sledding, and discovering frozen ponds and icicles.  At the…

A Collection of Winter Mentor Text Lessons: Toys Meet Snow

The winter season with all it’s wonder and beauty is upon us.  I am excited to be teaming up with other teachers from the Reading Crew to share some of our favorite mentor text lessons for the season.  Mentor texts are one of the most valuable resources in my classroom because they highly engaging and can be used to teach a variety of skills.  Regardless of your curriculum needs, there is a mentor text available that your student’s are guaranteed to love. I have chosen to share with you one of my new winter favorites.  “Toys Meet Snow”, written by…

Valentine Exchange 2017

As of 9:00AM (CST) on January 3rd, sign-ups for this year’s exchange are closed.  The response has been amazing and I am excited for all classrooms that are participating.  Looking to add some fun to your classroom during the cold winter months?  Last month’s Gingerbread Exchange was such a success and I am looking forward to kicking of the third annual Valentine Exchange. The Gingerbread Man Exchange linked together 200 teachers and more than 3,000 students.  Here is a quick look at the Gingerbread Man exchange.  To see a full recap of the Gingerbread Man exchange, check out this POST.…