Use this collection of resources to practice fluency in your kindergarten or first grade classroom. Free from The Curriculum Corner.
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Fluency is such an important part of a reader’s learning, and we feel that you can definitely begin teaching it in kindergarten or even before if students are ready. Here we have created some go-to resources for quick and easy fluency practice during small group instruction or one-on-one time. Print all of the activities and have them at the ready for your students who are ready for them. Many of the resources are centered around the first 100 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.)
Fluency Bookmarks – As you are beginning to teach your students about fluency, send this bookmark/reading tracker home as a helpful tool for parents to use as a guide with their children. You can also use them during your conferences if you see that students are struggling in one or more areas of fluency.
Letter Sounds/Blends/Digraphs Fluency Strips – These strips are meant for your students who 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 letters and/or sounds each makes as you listen, guide and take notes of difficulties. This set contains 30 letter/blend/digraph cards.
First 100 Fry Word Fluency Strips – These Fry word strips are meant for your students who are still working on their Fry mastery. Give students the lists of words that they need the most practice with for mastery.
Word Families Sentence Strips – You may have early readers who are still struggling with one-to-one correspondence. Although we don’t want students reading word for word when they practice fluency, we do want to support our earliest readers. These strips contain word family 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.
Rainbow Pyramids – This set of sentences can 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 as they reach the bottom.
Flip Sentence Booklets – This is similar to the pyramids, but requires students to fill in the blank to finish the sentence. These strips are meant to be cut apart and stapled together with the beginning words on the top and the rest in order beneath them Students read the first strip, then flip and read the next one which is a bit longer, and so forth. This idea is very easy to create on your own if you wish to have many more reading options.
Fluency Sentence Cards – There are lots of options for these simple practice sentences. You can place them on a ring for fluency practice with partners or use the Roll and Read Game board (included) at a literacy center. Simply have students choose three cards to place on the board, then use dice or number cubes to roll. The number they roll dictates the sentence they read aloud. If you want, you can have them switch sentence cards after they have rolled and read each sentence two or three times.
Funny Fluency Flip Book – This 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 on top of each other. Students flip various pages up to create new and funny sentences that they can read aloud.
Rime Fluency Flip Book This book contains a variety of pages so you can easily differentiate for each student. Students practice reading the strip of words and you can mark with a sticker or stamp when they are able to fluently read the whole page. When they complete the booklet, you can send home for extra practice at home.
Download the complete free collection here: Fluency Practice Collection.