Fluency is the bridge that helps the reader connect what is being decoded while understanding what is being read. Reading: Stepping Blocks to Reading is a series of 4 posters that I incorporate in the classroom during my reading block to help me with the following:
The 1st poster (11 X17) helps the student understand how they are reading. The visual pictures help clarify what the teacher means by rate, accuracy, expression and speed.
• The 2nd poster (11 X17) helps a reader understand the Book Levels or goal set according to school requirements for their grade level. The poster is a valuable chart that allows a teacher, child, or parent to visually understand the child’s reaching placement and their yearly goal.
• The 3rd poster is a chart that helps a reader understand their progress or growth on weekly IRI’s.
• The 4th poster /chart can be used by the teacher to monitor informal reading conference.