Help your students practice reading fluency with this collection of free, printable fluency activities perfect for centers or small group work.
Reading fluency can be such an important part of your small groups for students who need it. Here we have created some go-to resources for quick and easy fluency practice during your small group instruction. Print all of the activities and have them at the ready for your students who need them. Many of the resources are centered around the first 300 Fry words so that fluency practice doesn’t end up being students sounding out words they are unfamiliar with. (You will see numbers denoting which Fry hundreds some of these sets belong to.)
You can download the complete, free collection by clicking on the bold, blue words that say “Small Group Fluency Resources” towards the bottom of this post.
Fluency Bookmarks – After you teach your students what reading fluency is, give them this bookmark/reading tracker as a reminder of what fluency entails. Then use them during your conferences if you see that students are struggling in one or more areas of fluency.
Letter Sound Fluency Strips – These strips are meant for your students who still need to practice with their letter sounds or blends/digraphs. You could cut them apart and put them in a folder or punch holes in the corners and place them on a binder ring. Students work from left to right saying the sounds each letter or blend makes as you listen, guide and take notes of difficulties.
Fry Word Boxes – These word strips are meant for your students who are still working on their Fry mastery. Give students the stacks of words that they need the most practice with learning.
One to One Correspondence – You may have early readers who still struggle with one-one correspondence. Although we don’t want students reading word for word when we practice fluency, we do want to support our earliest readers. These pages have Fry word sentences with stars under each word. Students practice putting their finger on a star as they say each word. As they progress in their fluency, you will want to encourage them to slide their fingers from star to star while reading the sentences with more accuracy and confidence. Again, you can leave them on the pages, put them in folders or cut them apart and place them on a binder ring for quick practice in your groups.
Fluency Pyramids – This set of sentences is meant to be practiced with a straight edge or even our fluency bookmark. Students begin at the top of the pyramid reading what they see (as they “underline” each set of words with the edge). Their fluency and confidence build as they progress down the pyramid until they are able to read the entire sentence fluently when they reach the bottom.
Expanding Sentences – We want our students to have practice reading shorter sentences with fluency and then progressing to longer ones. These pages are meant to be cut apart and stapled together with the shortest sentence on the top. Students read the first sentence strip, then flip and read the next one which is a bit longer, and so forth. Their confidence will build as they are able to read longer and longer sentences.
Fluency Voices – This is a fun activity to get students practicing their fluency. Choose your reading selection for your small groups and then, as you work your way around to listen to each student read, have them choose a fun card and attempt to read the selection with the voice that the cards list. (This can easily be a silly, but engaging activity, so you might also want to try it as a group – with students each reading aloud a different part of particular reading selection.)
Funny Fluency Flip Book – This fun flip book is meant for students to have fun with their fluency practice. Staple all the beginning, middle and ending squares onto the appropriate boxes on the flip book template. Students flip various pages up to create new and funny sentences that they can read aloud.
Siri…The Math Genius – Don’t know about your kids, but ours LOVE to ask Siri questions! Help them work on speaking clearly and at an adequate rate as they ask Siri some math questions and record her answers.
Spin and Read a Phrase – This editable PDf is designed to be programmed with your own sentences. You can change the sentences to fit the book your small group is working on. Use the latest free version of Adobe Reader to be able to edit. Or, use the sentneces we have preprogrammed. Students will use a paperclip to create a spinner. They will read the sentence they land on to work on their fluency skill. To add a little extra fun to the spinner, partner this activity with our fluency voices cards from above. Students can draw a fluency voice card and read the sentence they land on in the instructed voice. (As a bonus, we’ve included both an editable and a blank roll and read game as described in the game below.)
Also, download this game here: Roll & Read (both color and black & white versions in same download) This download includes three different roll and read games, focusing on the first 300 Fry words. Students roll a die, read a sentence from the correct column and check the box. You may choose to have students complete as an individual task or give students different color markers and take turns.
Another engaging and effective way to give your students practice with reading fluency is to read various Reader’s Theater scripts with your students. There are so many great ones that can be found. Here are some links to a few resources that you can buy on Amazon:
Reader’s Theater links
If you are looking for more resources to helps students in their mastery of reading fluency, you might want to check out some of our other Fry resources:
Be sure to check out our Word Work Collection for Small Group Instruction with many more free resources!
You will find our complete small group toolkit collection here: Small Group Toolkit