Understanding phrases while reading can help fluency and comprehension. You can make reading in phrases
even easier by lightly underlining the phrases(with a slight scoop, as if drawing a spoon to hold the phrase).
Rereading a passage, emphasizing the phrases can make it easier to read smoothly.
There are many other phrasing activities besides this basic phrasing activity.
If using the general phrasing activity described above is not helping your student, look into this site for some
great ideas on how to support this skill with some foundational activities that will lead to better phrasing while reading.
Learning About Phrases to Improve Fluency and Comprehension
by Susan Jones, M.Ed.This site provides activities on
*learning to break sentences into meaningful phrases
Here is an example of one of the sorting activities.
Students read the phrase and determine whether the phrase gives information regarding "when" or "where"
When or Where?
|1. ___________________||to the chain-link fence|
|2. ___________________||while the sun slowly set|
|3. ___________________||much, much later|
|4. ___________________||against a scrawny tree trunk|
|5. ___________________||before dinner|
|6. ___________________||over there|
|7. ___________________||at the foot of my bed|
|8. ___________________||when there were still dragons|
|9. ___________________||in England|
|10. ___________________||over ten years|
|11. ___________________||over the whole street|
|12. ___________________||under the little red wagon|
|13. ___________________||as he hops away|
|14. ___________________||inside my head|