The bridge to reading comprehension

Fluency is:

  • One of the 5 components of effective reading instruction
  • Bridges the gap between decoding and comprehension
  • Requires explicit instruction and many authentic reading and writing opportunities
  • Fluency has three main parts, which include the ability to read:
  • Accurately-A student is said to be fluent when they know at least 95% of the words
  • Quickly-About 90 WPM by 3rd grade
  • With expression/prosody-Students use their voices to add meaning to words


Echo Reading
Choral Reading
Readers Theatre
Literacy Stations
Vocabulary Activities
Word Walls
Sight Words
Teach word-identification strategies

Resources for you!

http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/fluencyformula/fluency.htm Scholastic Fluency Formula kits and information

http://ideas.time.com/2012/09/26/why-third-grade-is-so-important-the-matthew-effect/ Time Magazine Article on The Matthew Effect

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/5-surefire-strategies-developing-reading-fluency Scholastic Article with Strategies

http://www.k12reader.com/ Reading comprehension sheets, Dolch word list, Fry word lists, all free. This site is great. I used a comprehension sheet for my tutoring student.

http://www.thebestclass.org/rtscripts.html Reader’s Theatre Scripts

Poetry Books for Repeated and Phrased Readings