ways to improve reading fluency

Read aloud to children to provide a model of fluent reading.

It’s common for primary teachers to read aloud to their students. But as students get older, the treasured Read Aloud becomes something we do “if we have time.”

A regular read aloud period is a must in any elementary classroom. No matter their age or ability, children need a frequent model of fluent reading. Not sure what to read? My go-to resource for book lists is What Do We Do All Day.

Practice sight words using playful activities.

When children know many words by sight, they’re less likely to be awkward, choppy readers. I prefer games over flash cards. Thankfully, This Reading Mama and I have many ideas and printables to help you out!

Let children perform a reader’s theater.

Reader’s theater requires no set or costumes and is a fantastic way to improve fluency. Children take turns reading their parts from a script and bring the text alive through their voices.

To create a script, create an original play with speaking parts or adapt a familiar story by typing it up into several speaking parts.