Step 4: Fluent Reader

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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

Read on to learn more about the next stage:

Step 5: Advanced Fluency Stage

Return to previous stages:

Step 1: Foundation Stage

Step 2: Emergent Reading Stage

Step 3: Early Reader Stage

Step 4: Fluent Reader Stage

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Rachel Walker

Publishing Director | Flying Start Books

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