ASSESSMENT of Learning. Teacher listens to students read a short text. While students read, teacher records errors with symbols. After the text is read teacher may ask questions about fluency, and records any strengths. This is an opportunity to teachers to assess reading fluency and expression, and comprehension.

Assessment: Running Record and goal-setting component.

INSTRUCTION Students use fluency phones in order to hear themselves reading aloud in a busy classroom full of their peers. This activity is set up in the classroom for students to use any time. The goal of this activity is to promote speed, accuracy, and proper expression in reading for students.

[ READING FLUENCY & EXPRESSION ] Fluency Phones: Amplifying students' voices in oral reading to help them hear themselves and focus while independent reading

ASSESSMENT of Learning. Students repeatedly read an engaging theatrical adaptations of a favourite story. This provides teacher with the opportunity to assess how students are building fluency and expression, their speed, accuracy and proper expression. The familiarity of the activity provides teachers with opportunity to assess in a more informal way and may reduce performance anxiety.

[ READING FLUENCY & EXPRESSION ] Reader's Theater: Promotes speed, accuracy, and proper expression by having students repeatedly read an engaging version of a classroom favorite

ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING This viral tour discusses a teacher’s use of Empower Assessment and Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). The teacher stressed the importance to use a wide range of assessments. This assessment helps teachers check in on fluency and on comprehension. This is a one on one assessment strategy.

DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) - concise way to assess children's reading fluency and comprehension, and helps group children for guided reading groups.

UNDERSTANDING Repeated reading was identified in this article as the key strategy for improving students’ fluency skills. It has two essential elements: Giving students the opportunity to read and then re-read the same text, and having students practice their reading orally with opportunity to receive corrections and guidance. Having students read aloud along with a model of well-paced, expressive reading and receiving specific feedback also improves students’ fluency skills.

What should fluency instruction look like? And, what can teachers do to help students whose fluency is far behind their peers'? This article should help practitioners use of fluency-based assessments and select instructional practices.

INSTRUCTION Students rotate through 5 literacy centers daily. The centers are read to self, read to someone, listening to reading, word work, and working on writing. The goal is to build students’ reading and writing skills, help students expand their vocabulary and promote the enjoyment of books and appreciation for the usefulness of reading and writing.

--> "The Daily Five" is a method developed by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, and a great way to ensure a comprehensive literacy program.

INSTRUCTION This virtual tour explores a teacher’s reading area in her classroom. It is a space where the students and teacher gather daily to discuss our plans for the day, as well as to go through min-lessons in reading and writing. It is also the classroom reading area, so the students can go to enjoy their books individually or with partners. There is a varied selection of books in the classroom library within the reading area.

Virtual Tour of a Grade 4 Classroom from Balanced Literacy Diet - Gathering Place: Promoting Independent Reading and Comprehension Strategies (Virtual Tour)