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Mrs. Bowen from Pittsburg CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading like flowing water

The cost of fluency-building activities and manipulatives is $139, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $164 goal

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Fluency, fluency, fluency. This time of year the students are reading and it is time to work on fluency. How do you work on fluency? With lots and lots of practice. I tell the students I would like them to be smooth like flowing water. I show them at the sink how dripping water sounds and looks then I read a few sentences to show them what reading looks like when it is just dripping. I stop ever few words and sound out words. Then I show them flowing water and I read fast and smooth. I ask them which sounds better; of course they all pick the flowing water. I tell them that is what I want to hear from them, but the truth is they do not get the practice they need. Reading programs alone do not have enough reading materials and many of my students do not read at home for several reasons. So the more they can read in school aloud the better. I just started doing readers theater and the students love it; however, it is so hard to find the right stories online, and it takes a great deal of time. To have reader's theaters already created for me that I could use every year would be so wonderful. It gives them more materials to read, it helps them practice reading out loud, and it helps them work on their fluency. My goal is to get the majority of my class to read 6o WPM or greater!

Mrs. Bowen
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
EE501 - Building Fluency Card Bank • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95
EE987 - Readers? Theater Script Box - Gr. 1 • Lakeshore Learning $34.95 1 $34.95
DE104 - Fluency Reproducible Activities • Lakeshore Learning $10.99 1 $10.99

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