Children at the third grade level typically are fluent readers. They use all sources of information flexibly to read a variety of unknown texts.
Fluent readers are able to read for meaning with less attention to decoding and can independently solve problems encountered in the text (Clay, 1991; International Reading Association & National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1998; Pinnell, 1996b; Snow, Burns, & Griffin, 1998). If the reading materials are appropriately challenging, children’s fluency continues to increase.
- Automatic word recognition
- Rapid decoding
- Makes predictions
- Self corrects
- Checks for meaning
- Uses vocab gained in their own writing
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