My students need 3 CD players and headphones to help them with their fluency.
Fluency is the ability to read text with speed, accuracy and proper expression. In order for a reader to comprehend what they read, they must be able to read fluently. So, fluency is an important foundational skill that takes beginning readers to the next level in their reading.
I teach 25 bright, energetic 5th graders in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania.
As the largest public school in our city, we face many challenges each day as we seek to be the best that we can be. Our three rules are: Work Hard, Be Nice, Stay Safe, and this is how we model our learning and social behaviors in our classroom each day.
Please help us take our reading to the next level. I am requesting 3 CD players with headphones to help us implement a powerful program called Read Naturally. This is a highly motivating program that helps students with their reading fluency by modeling for them what reading sounds like. A typical session lasts 15-20 minutes and focuses on what their reading should sound like. Students listen to a highly-engaging non-fiction piece, that teaches them vocabulary words in addition to exposing them to different content that they would not have otherwise been aware of. Students will listen to the vocabulary words from the text, then do a "cold read" to see how many words they can read in a minute. Using the CD players and headphones they will then listen to the story 3 times, thinking about what is being read so they can answer questions. Finally, they do a "hot read" and see how their words per minute rate has grown.
This will make a huge difference in my classroom because it will provide students with a daily opportunity to practice their fluency independently.
We will use these CD players and headphones every day, and students will be able to track their progress throughout the year to help them reach their fluency goals.
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