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Improving Fluency through Video

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Keywords: learning video
Subject(s): Reading, Technology, Video
Grade K
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Royal Palm Charter School, Palm Bay, FL
Planned By: Rose Serrano
Original Author: Rose Serrano, Palm Bay
1. USe a video camera to film students reading in groups and as individuals.
2. Student discussion in small group and class regarding fluency.
3. Creation of a comparison list showing good fluency, better fluency, and best fluency.

Steps to Follow: Duration-Two to three weeks
1. All students will learn the parts of the camera and how it is used.
2. All students will learn how to care for the camera.
3. Students will practice filming short segments as we walk around the school campus.
4. Students will watch the videos and point out details of the video in preparation for discussions on fluency.
4. Students will discuss how we can use film to improve our learning and come to the conclusion that through film we can see how well we can read.
5. The teacher will film reading groups as they read first in round robin fashion and then as individuals. (Students will read unkown text the first day and known text the next day).
6. Students will look at videos made and discuss them in a general fashion.
7. Students will look for reading fluency in the videos during the second viewing.
8. Students will give suggestions for improvement.
9. Students will carry out suggestions that can be realistically done.
10. Students will be filmed again and we will look for improvements in fluency.
11. Students will compare both videos and come to conclusions about reading fluency.

1-Comparison list of fluency
2-List of suggestions for improvement.
3. Number of students who can use a video camera.
4. Two completed videos

Conclusion: Students should be able to see how fluency affects understanding of materials read.
We could use a large screen TV in the classroom. We have a TV that is at least 20 years old hooked up to a more modern VCR.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This plan allows for the project to work with other learning skills including Science and later computer film editing.
If this works as I expect it to, I will modify it and use it with writing and science.
Materials: DVD/VCR Players, Video Tools
Other Items: 20 video recording discs, $1.00 each, total of $20.00
1 Flip Camera, $150.00 each, total of $150.00