Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tired! (and a freebie!!)

I will need to apologize now... trying to find the balance between... teacher, mom, wife, and blogger has been very hard!  I loved the summer when I had more time to blog every day.  It's killing me though because now I'm back at school with a TON of ideas to share and I don't have the time (or energy) to post! :(  boo!  As soon as I find my groove... I promise to be back on as often as I can ... sharing as much as I can!!!

With that... I just have one quick share...

Today we did a fluency lesson (for you CAFE people... this is a good one!).  We talked in great deal what a good reader sounds like.  I LOVE to use this poster to help me model what it sounds like to read fluently.  It is a GREAT visual:

For #1 I show them that it. can. sound. like. a. robot. if. you. stop. after. every. word.
It's amazing how quick they catch on to this one!

#2 sounds better. but if I. stop after. every few words. I can still. sound choppy.

#3 I am getting better but. I am not confident enough to read it all at once.  I tell my students that if you are here you are doing a great job and are on the right track!

#4 This is when you sound just like you talk.  I make sure to tell the students that not only are you reading smoothly but also with EXPRESSION!

After we talked about what it sounds like, I then send them off to listen to their reading.  I am a HUGE fan of my fluency phones (or whisper phones)

I got these from a retired teacher so I can't even tell you how to make them other than it is PVC piping that just fits together.  They seem really easy to make if you can get it cut to size.  The kids LOVE them and really take it seriously when you ask them to examine their reading....

If you would like a copy of the above poster you can grab it by clicking {here}

I'd love to hear some things you do to teach fluency!  Stop back because I have a lot more! :)

Still getting closer to 4-0-0!  Let me know if you'd like to be a part of my giveaway!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hey Tori, I'd love to be a part of your giveaway! Congrats on getting so close to 400 and for the successful lesson today. It seems like your students were so engaged and excited to be working!
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

    1. Yippee! Thanks Vanessa for the giveaway offer! When I get things together I'll email you! Thanks! (ps...cute the title!!)

  2. I understand completely about not being able to post as much. It sure does get hectic! I would love to help with your giveaway!

    Reading Toward the Stars!

  3. I understand what you are saying. I am exhausted after school and before I know it, it is past time for bed and I have to do it all over again. I too wish I had more time to blog. I am hoping it will soon calm down so I do have more time.

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  4. I LOVE your fluency demo, and thanks for the currently tip! I'll help you get to 400, as your newest follower!

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