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3rd Grade Reading For Fluency

3rd Grade Reading For Fluency


Looking for a quick tool and resource to help with reading fluency? Check out this fun and easy poem for fluency development. 

3rd Grade Reading

Bugs! Bugs! Poem

by Jack Prelutsky 

Fluency Reading for Online Learning  



Essential Question: Why is it important to learn about bugs/insects? How do they help us survive? 

Teacher Resources needed: Bugs! Bugs! Poem, Fluency Bingo Chart, Reading Log (Notebooks) 

Student Resources: Learning device (computer or iPad preferred), notebook and pencil, downloaded resources (reading bingo)  


D1 The online teacher uses digital tools to identify patterns in learner engagement and performance that will inform improvements to achieve individual learner growth. 

G8 The online teacher creates opportunities for learner self-assessment within courses. 

H3 The online teacher incorporates diverse media into online learning modules. 

H6 The online teacher creates, selects, and organizes appropriate assignments and assessments to align curricular content with associated standards-based learning goals. 


Reading for Fluency, vocabulary, expression, and comprehension.  


Introduce poem

  • Have students leave a discussion post answering the prompt. List one thing that is important about bugs.  

Read poem

  • The teacher will do model reading with expression and fluency.  

  • Students echo read after the teacher.  

  • The whole class reads together.  

Discuss poem

  • Number the stanzas first, so students can identify where they are finding specific words.  

  • Have students circle any words they did not understand or know the meaning to. Later have them either spell or sound out the unknown words.  

  • Have students find rhyming words and share them aloud. 

  • Encourage students to find any other patterns with words (shapes, adjectives, colors), then share them aloud.  

  • Practice Poem. 

  • Have students use the reading log to pace themselves through the reading.  


Assessment/Observation: Have students sign up to meet with you one on one During the meeting students have students read the poem for 1) Expression, 2) Decoding, 3) Comprehension.  


Record keeping: Have students download and save or draw the reading log in their notebooks.