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    Reader's Theater
    By Cindy

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    Hi, one of the best ways that I have found to improve fluency is by doing reader's theater. Students love this because the reading is in the form of a "play" and they begin reading fluently because they want to "perform." It is one of those things where they are improving and they really don't realize it.

    There are tons of web sites that have turned books into reader's theaters. One of the kids favorite plays is The Real Story of the Three Pigs. How I do it in my classroom is that we do the play together first, then I divide the students into groups that have the same number of characters. It works great, and they love it!

    Another thing that I do at the beginning of the year, is that I tell them what fluency means and how it sounds. I tell them that they don't talk in sloppy choppy ways and that they shouldn't read that way.

    Hope this helps!

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