Increasing Fluency with High-Frequency Word Phrases

We get questions occasionally about teaching a child to read more fluently; they have the phonics and decoding skills, but their reading seems choppy and rough. This program strives to help students achieve fluency with word recognition, and reading with expression which in turn will improve reading comprehension.

Based on Dr. Fry’s Instant Word List (3000 most used words), each level practices words, phrases and oral stories in order to achieve the goal of fluency. The program progresses sequentially through Dr. Fry’s list, so lessons are to be done in order at each specific grade level: Grade 1 – words 1-100, Grade 2 – 101-625, Grade 3 – 626-1325, Grade 4 – 1326-2025, and Grade 5 – 2025 and up. There are twenty 4-page lessons at each level and each includes an audio CD and CD-ROM. The audio CD includes the oral readings of phrase lists and reading selection found in each lesson and the CD-ROM allows you to print the student pages for your classroom/family. The front of each book includes teaching instructions along with a scoring chart to determine reading level up through 6th grade and rubric.

Each lesson is divided into 8 sections. Grades 1 and 2 begin with word practice, then phrases, story, comprehension, ‘On Your Own’ activity which allows more practice with phrases, ‘Try It,’ ‘Fluency Checkpoint,’ and an evaluation. Grades 3 -5 start out with phrases, then listen and read along with the story, ‘On Your Own,’ comprehension questions, ‘Reading with Expression,’ ‘Try It’ offers practice with expression, ‘Fluency Checkpoint,’ and evaluation. The ‘Fluency Checkpoint’ and evaluation are opportunities for the student to self-evaluate and realize areas of improvement. If practice really makes perfect, this may be just what the doctor ordered to improve reading fluency. ~ Donna




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