We’re working hard on fluency in my first grade classroom right now. My top reading group is doing fabulously on decoding words and recognizing sight words. Several of them are reading on 2nd to 3rd grade levels! 🙂 But they still need lots of practice with fluency. This week I sent home their first fluency homework packet, and boy did they love it!! I’ve created packets for January, February, and March, and I’m already hard at work on the April and May packets. I play to go back and work on packets for September through December as well.
Here are some of the things we’re doing:
We read some fluency passages like robots in our Toobaloo Whisper Phones. Then we re-read the passages fluently and talked about the difference in the two readings. These packets can be sent home for homework or completed in guided reading groups. They’re even broken down into nightly homework assignments. Students read a poem and complete a response page. This week, we read a poem written by me called “Grady Groundhog.” Our response page focused on making inferences. We also read a corresponding nonfiction passage about Groundhog Day. Students had to time themselves on their first reading and then time themselves again to see if their time improved. Lastly, students played a roll, read, repeat game to practice reading high frequency words fluently.
Each fluency packet features four weeks of homework (or classwork/small group work depending on how you want to use it). My kids are already looking forward to next week’s packet. The February packet includes the themes of: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Teeth!
Since next week is Valentine’s week we’ll work on a Valentine’s Reader’s Theater and a few fluency games (also included in the packet):
How would you like to try a sample from the February packet? You can get the first week of homework here:
Here’s some of the sweet feedback I’ve received about these packets. So thankful and blessed to know I’m helping other students and teachers, too.
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