What is reading fluency?
Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order for students to understand what they read, they most often need to be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately. Their reading is smooth and has expression.
Students may have difficulty with decoding skills or they may just need more practice with speed and smoothness in reading. Fluency is also important for motivation; children who find reading laborious tend not to want read! As readers head into upper elementary grades, fluency becomes increasingly important. Students who find fluency a challenge may not experience the full joy of reading.Practice fluency with some of the short, fun "sail" reading fluency phrasing passages! These short passages can be read with 2 or more people, each reading just one line. When the last line is read, all participates read the final line again together! Also included are some longer passages for more in-depth practice.Kit Cat Emmitt's Muffins Grandma's Quilt The WindA Swift Breeze Living Fossils Hawks Annoyed OysterAlligator Fish The Lake One DayWeed a Road Alligator Awoke! Speedboat Goat