Repeated Reading Routine for Fluency

Repeated Reading Routine for Fluency

Sight words, (otherwise known as high-frequency sight words), are common words that kids are taught to read automatically at first sight without having to use any decoding strategies.

As you can imagine, there are a lot of sight words.

Since there’s no way to master sight words other than repeated reading and lots of practice, teaching kids all of the sight words takes time.

But what if I told you there was a re-reading routine that has the power to double or even TRIPLE the words your kids learn in one week?

It’s true!

I’m going to show you a Repeated Reading Routine that will help kids grasp sight words quicker, so they can memorize more words each week. On top of this, this re-reading routine will also help develop kids sight word knowledge, decoding skills, fluency, and comprehension.

Sound good?

Great! Let’s talk about why repeated reading is so important (in case you need convincing!)

{To watch a video of my repeated reading tips and techniques, hit play below}

Why is a Repeated Reading Routine so Important?

Repeated reading gives kids the confidence and motivation to read fluently and process words automatically.

Research shows that repeated reading paired with guidance and feedback from peers, parents, or teachers are effective in improving a variety of reading skills. According to the U.S. National Reading Panel report, re-reading helps improve students’ reading ability and makes sight words “stick.”

There’s no doubt that repeated reading is a powerful benefit to kids of all stripes, so how can you maximize the number of sight words your students learn each week?

I talked about the importance of strategic practice in oral reading in my previous blog post, but now I’m going to discuss the three stages of re-reading for rapid growth – so hold onto your hats and let’s get stuck in!

Stage 1: During Guided Reading/Small Group Instruction

Re-reading begins with small group instruction where the teacher matches the text selection to the Word Work based on the target sound. This is especially important in the beginning when kids are new to the decoding system. If you’re targeting the short “a” or “I,” choose a selection of text that also focuses these sounds.

Next, have your students take turns reading aloud new text with coaching from the teacher. This gives each child a chance to read out loud with the teacher’s feedback.

One-to-one coaching helps students decode and get better with word identification. However, it’s also essential that the teacher holds all of the other students accountable by making sure they’re following along with eyes on print.

After each child has read, it’s time for the teacher to model a slow (but expressive) read. Kids gain a second exposure to the sight words before moving onto the third reading session, which involves students chorally re-reading the passage together.

Stage 2: During Literacy Centers/Independent Time 

After working with a teacher, the students are ready to do some independent reading. The goal is to have the students re-read the day’s passage until it’s MASTERED.

The time it takes for a student to master the text will vary from student to student. Some kids might get it within their first few tries while other kids will need more practice before they’ve mastered the text - and that’s okay!

Remember – the goal is to encourage your students to get enough repetition, so they can master the text and move onto the next set of sight words!

Don’t forget to have your students re-read passages from previous days to review. Yes, you want them to master the new text of the day, BUT you also need to make sure they can re-read previous texts. After all, repetition is key when it comes to learning new sight words, and once they get into this habit, they’re able to tackle more words each week!

TIP – It’s helpful to keep previous passages in the same binder for each student. Or, maybe the students have their own binders in which case, you can hand out a PDF of the passages for the kids to take home and practice with a parent or independently.

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Repeated Reading Routine for Fluency

Techniques to Support Re-Reading Success

Some kids may find all this re-reading draining and uninspiring.

Here are a few tips and ways that you can make re-reading more feasible and enjoyable for your students:

  • Buddy reading
  • Listening along with a CD, computer or tablet
  • Support from a teaching assistant, volunteer or older student
  • Students recording themselves on tablet/iPad (perhaps submitting to Seesaw​ or Showbie​ for the teacher to review)
  • Students timing themselves to chart their progress
  • Students preparing for a presentation reading to a group or class (including readers’ theatre)
  • Students read at home with parental support

Stage 3: Next Day During Guided Reading/Small Group Instruction

The third and final step takes place the following day when you expect the kids to come to the reading table having mastered the text. Of course, this doesn’t always happen, and some kids will need more support and practice before they’ve learned the text.

Ask the students to re-read yesterday’s passage chorally and some individually. Keep an eye on your students to identify which kids may need some extra help to catch up with the rest of the class.

This is the stage where the accountability of learning really kicks in. It’s an excellent assessment, and by having kids re-read the same passage they read the previous day, you can see if they’re fluent or not. If not, they may need some more practice and encouragement before they can master the text.

Benefits of this Repeated Reading Routine

This re-reading routine for rapid growth is incredibly beneficial for teaching kids those all-important sight words. Repeated reading has a string of positive effects on reading achievement, fluency and reading comprehension.

Here are some more benefits of this repeated reading routine:

  • Improves word identification
  • Increases reading fluency
  • Develops decoding skills
  • Helps students gain confidence
  • Improves reading comprehension

Let me know if you try out the routine and your results!

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