How Many Pages Do They Read?
Dr. Beth M. Frye
Figuring Out How Many Pages Students Can Read In A Specified Amount of Time
When planning your reading lessons( guided reading, DRTA, literature circle, independent reading, or homework), you need to consider what is a reasonable amount for your students to read in the time you have allotted.
Here is how to figure it out:
1. Expected Words Per Minute (Silent or Oral Rate) X the # of minutes they will read = total words read
2. Total words read / # of words on the page = total pages read. To get the number of pages read, the total words read needs to be divided by the average number of words on a page for the book being read.
This example illustrates that for most situations, 20 minutes reading time might not be enough. So you would increase the amount of time you give students to read. So let's increase this to 30 minutes:
For example, if we had an average 5^{th} grader reading Bud, Not Buddy then this is how we might figure out how many pages of text, at a silent rate of 150 wpm, the child would read in a period of 30 minutes.
150 wpm X 30 minutes = 4500 total words
4500 total words/200 words per page = 23 pages
So, in a period of 30 minutes, most 5^{th} graders will be able to silently read about 2025 pages from Bud, Not Buddy.
Use this formula to make sure you give your students enough time to read what they need to before completing an assignment.
Also, this example will help you see how important reading rate is for students. Suppose you have a 5th grader who is only reading 100 wpm. In 30 minutes he will have read 1,200 fewer words, 6 pages fewer than the normal reader. It would take this reader another 10 minutes to finish the same 20 page reading assignment. So think about what is reasonable to ask your students, all of them, to do when you assign reading, and give them enough time to read.
Reading Rates: SILENT
Grade  Silent Rate WPM 

First  5090 
Second  95145 
Third  120170 
Fourth  135185 
Fifth  150200 
Sixth  160210 
Seventh  170220 
Eighth  180230 
Reading Rates: ORAL

Expected rate in the first half of the academic year. 
Expected rate in the second half of the academic year. 
Primer 
40 or above 
40 or above 
12 
45 or above 
50 or above 
21 
65 or above 
80 or above 
3rd 
85 or above 
90 or above 
4th 
95 or above 
100 or above 
5th 
105 or above 
110 or above 
6th 
105 or above 
110 or above 