Second graders are celebrating another big step they have taken in becoming “grown-up readers.” This week, children worked diligently and enthusiastically to apply all of the skills they have learned and practiced in our most recent unit on Reading Fluency. Students have been working hard to apply a range of strategies in order to “read like a grown-up.” These include reading in a “talking voice,” following the “reading road signs” of punctuation, reading at the right pace (not too fast and not too slow), and using all that we know about our characters to read with lots of expression. By noticing the words and actions of our characters, we can make inferences about how they are feeling and use our voices to convey their mood. We can also gather "clues" by looking at pictures and noticing words like "shouted" and "whispered" to guide the tone and volume of our voice. Since we might not always get things right the first time that we try, "grown-up" readers know that it is important to “re-read if we stumble” in our Just Right books. To celebrate the strides that they have made in developing their reading fluency, our “grown-up” readers will be spending time reading aloud from selected to picture books to our friends in Pre-K and Kindergarten. Second graders are excited to step into the role of a “grown-up” and model fluency reading to their younger peers!