The University of Iowa

eLearning Varied Practice Reading Module

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This module shows teachers how to use the Varied Practice Reading (VPR) instructional approach for teaching reading fluency. As part of Varied Practice Reading, students read three different passages one time each. The passages contain similar words to be read by students in a different order and context through passage variation. Students work in pairs, provide feedback on each other’s errors, and set goals they can work toward to becoming fluent readers.

Estimated Time to Complete the Module

1 hour, 40 minutes

Varied Practice Reading Module Sections

Section 1: Oral Reading Fluency

Section 2: Traditional and Alternative Approaches to Fluency Practice

Section 3: Oral Reading Fluency Skills Goal Setting

Section 4: Peer Mediation and Error Correction

Section 5: Classroom Implementation

Grade Range 

Grades 1-5

Registration Cost

  • Free for: Iowa in-service K–12 teachers, AEA personnel, college and university faculty teaching reading and literacy courses and their students

  • $25 for: All others

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Varied Practice Reading Passage Sets

Digital Varied Practice Reading

Upon completion of the Varied Practice Reading module and passing the posttest, participants will be able to register for Digital VPR, our online platform which provides digital grade-level passage sets for students to use during Varied Practice Reading sessions. Also included are the other components (e.g., goal-setting, error-correction) used during sessions.

Digital VPR Features

  • All components can be completed on a laptop, tablet, or desktop device.
  • Teachers can add students who are then provided individual logins.
  • The user-friendly design allows students to click or tap through the session components.
  • Students tap or click words to mark their partners’ reading errors so they can review the words after the reading.
  • With their own login, teachers can see how students are performing and track their progress.
  • Sessions can be completed in person or virtually via videoconference.
  • The platform is made to be accessible for students with disabilities.

Digital VPR Pricing

All accounts are active for one year. The teacher’s access is provided with the purchase of student accounts.

Iowa customers
  • $15 for 10 student accounts
Out-of-state customers
  • $25 for 10 student accounts

Digital passage sets are for use within Digital VPR on devices only. They may not be printed per copyright restrictions and are not provided as a PDF.

Registering for the Online Platform

For new users completing the eLearning Varied Practice Reading module for the first time, you will be provided the opportunity to purchase and register for Digital VPR upon completion of the module. For existing users who have already completed the module and are now looking to purchase and register for Digital VPR, please log in to your eLearning account and select the Varied Practice Reading module and follow the instructions to register.

Printed Passage Set Booklets

In order to cover the costs of setup and printing of the grade-level passage set booklets, orders placed must be for a minimum of 100 booklets. Please contact us at to begin an order.

Passage set booklets are printed on coated paper which can be written on and reused with a dry erase marker. 

Printed Grade-Level Passage Set Booklets Available

  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5

We will be discontinuing selling printed booklets at the end of the 2022–2023 school year.