So we know that in the early stages of reading development, students’ reading is labored because they are still decoding – still trying to attach sounds to letters and then to blend letter sounds into words. The best way to transition from labored reading to fluent reading is to give students the same passage to read several times over.
That said – when you are thinking about what pages to copy for your students to practice and track reading fluency – choose passages from your science or social studies reading. Have students read the passage in the context of social studies or science, then pair them up to practice your copied section fluently.
To make things easy – copy passages in advance, put them in sheet protectors, have students read and then count and mark their words per minute. When I call time – students put a line under the word they are reading and then finish the passage. Counting can come after the reading is done.
Switch this off with reading fluency practice passages such as those in “Five Minutes to Fluency and Comprehension.”