Reading: Building Fluency


Increase expression in students’ reading with this small-group activity! In advance, make a set of face cards, as shown, for each team of four students. Begin by reviewing with students how expression improves fluency. Give each team a set of cards. Then have pairs of teams follow the directions below to play the game.


  1. Each member chooses a card.
  2. Team 1’s Player 1 reads a sentence aloud from a book, using a tone that matches his chosen card.
  3. Team 2 tries to identify the emotion. If players guess correctly, Team 2 earns one point and Team 1 earns two points. If not, no points are earned.
  4. Team 2 takes a turn in the same manner.
  5. Play continues with students taking turns reading sentences until one team earns 15 points.

(From: “The  Mailbox”)


About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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