Continuing on my quest to stop #summerslide, below are some resources to share with upper elementary, middle school/middle grades students, and even high schoolers.
Reading Fluency Tips (Middle Grades)
- reading fluency includes rate, accuracy, and intonation of reading. These can be worked on separately, or all together
- almost all kids are helped by previewing what they need to read and re-reading what they have read. Teachers/parents can also give them pronunciations of words they expect to be tricky in advance (cueing)
- acting/theater can help reading fluency as it relies on repeated readings and stressed intonation, but there are other ways of working on fluency. Thank you, technology!
- use TextHelp’s Fluency Tutor to listen to, record, and measure reading fluency. I’m working on a video to help parents and educators set this up, but in the meantime, play around with it at: http://www.fluencytutorforgoogle.com/
- use audio books as you read: audible.com, librivox.org, and learningally.org are both great resources
- use text-to-speech: most ebook readers come with these (Kindle, etc.), and all operating systems come with these (see how-to here); I particularly like iSpeech for Chrome
- Podcastomatic turns blogs into podcasts, and then you can listen to them on the go
- watch youtube with closed captioning turned on (see how-to here)
- record yourself while reading (this can be done on a voice recorder on a phone, or through audio recording on Quicktime, or through the Chrome extension Screencastify (that records your whole screen, so he could make animations or slideshows to narrate!)
- write a script, then make podcasts (can be informational or like a play) using podomatic, built-in audio recording devices, or Quicktime audio recording
You can also download a 1-page handout of Reading Fluency (Middle Grades Edition)