Posts Tagged 'fluency'

Endless String and Other Illustrated Children’s Texts

I never cease to be amazed by the talent and enthusiasm displayed by members of the FreeReading Community! Thanks to Cheryl Johnson for contributing 15 illustrations to the previously unillustrated texts on FreeReading! Below is her cover to the short story Endless String. To see the other story illustrations she’s created to-date (including Fran’s Magic Blanket, Festival Fun and Rat’s Candy Plan), click here. Feel free to print these stories for your students. They are great for practicing decoding, fluency and comprehension. Thanks Cheryl! -Anna


Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators!

Yesterday while walking from my hotel to the Florida Education Technology Conference, I bumped into Kathy Schrock–creator of Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators! I’ve been a fan of her Guide for years, so as you can image I was super excited to meet her! Take a look at her recommended Literature and ELA resources! Through Kathy’s Guide, I found:

1) The Portland Public Schools Leveled Picture Books Database and The Beaverton School District Leveled Book Database

2) Professor Garfield’s Teachers’ Lounge reading fluency resources, tips and tricks

3) Read Print–a site filled with free copies of classic books for “students, teachers and the classic enthusiast”

Thanks Kathy!


Teacher Tube

I just discovered Teacher Tube, the You Tube of Teachers.  Wow!  According to the site, the goal of Teacher Tube is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos.


After beta testing for almost two months, TeacherTube officially launched on March 6, 2007. Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.

TeacherTube divides its videos into channels, such as Elementary, Writing, and Professional Development.  The site is easy to navigate, and fun to search.  Since we have had so much discussion and questions related to fluency on Literacy is Priceless, I found a great video that demonstrates a Kindergarten class using a drama center to practice Fluency.  -Melissa

Reader’s Theater

I have found that one of the best ways to improve fluency is have my kids do Reader’s Theater.  Not only is great for them, but they also have a blast doing it.  We usually just do it for fun in the classroom.  Occasionally, I’ll invite the first grade class from next door over to see what we have been doing.  My students really enjoy performing for an audience!


Once a year, however, we do a big reader’s theater production for all of the first grade parents.  Each first grade classroom performs their own play, complete with props and costumes.  I just found some really great FREE scripts at Teaching Heart that I wanted to pass along.


Mobile Musings, iPods and Garage Band

While reading through recent community contributions on Free-Reading, I came across a Free-Reading entry by Karen Fasimpaur with links to her blogs. I was particularly impressed by Mobile Musings–A blog that contains many entries one how to incorporate technology (especially mobile technology) into the classroom. Check out her entry “Mini movies for learning sight words.”

For those of you looking for additional easy and fun ways to incorporate technology into the literacy classroom, the Apple Learning Interchange has some awesome ideas! For example, the activity “Reading Fluency with iPods and GarageBand” helps teachers track student fluency progression throughout the school year. Furthermore, by participating in this lesson, students will:

  • “Increase reading fluency level”
  • “Increase reading comprehension and understanding of the story”
  • “Understand music genre”
  • “ESL students will learn how language is used in fluid way”

Thanks Carol Anne McGuire from Imperial Elementary School for sharing this lesson on the Apple Learning Interchange!


To K-3 Literacy Teachers Around the Globe!

Welcome to our blog! As frugal and creative K-3 reading enthusiasts we are always sharing fun and free reading resources on the web with each other. This blog is our attempt to share useful ideas, activities and downloads with K-3 reading teachers across the globe.

We hope you find our blog posts useful and we welcome you to post your teaching stories and great-teaching-finds-on-the-web as well!


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