As a proponent of academic intervention, our district mandates that we teachers monitor fluency in students grades 2–6 on a weekly basis. Weekly fluency monitoring equals ample fluency practice throughout the week. It also means I spend plenty of time each week scouring the Internet and books for fluency resources. In this post, I am going to share some of these resources with you. Get your printers ready — they may be working overtime today.
The last time I wrote a post on fluency was in 2008, and rereading it — or "rethinking" it — recently, I realized how many resources are now available that weren’t readily available then. This post is dedicated purely to printable resources found on the Web. But first, why worry about fluency? Here's what the experts have to say on the subject:
Okay, here we go. Get ready. . . .
It baffles me that so few people commented on Danielle’s incredible fluency posts:
She was my go-to source at the beginning of the year for fluency instruction, and I have used every single anchor chart, bookmark, and printable resource in these two posts. If you have the time, I highly suggest you take a look. Below are some of her incredible fluency resources.
“What?” you say. “I can’t print an anchor chart!” Why, yes, you can. In fact, you can print out any JPEG image on this site, as small or as large as you’d like, using Blockposters and your printer.
My students LOVED the task of "swooping" (phrasing) words together.
Simply print on card stock and distribute to your students.
My students noted the benefits of reading fluently, which included understanding characters better, not sounding boring to themselves and others, and being able to tackle harder texts.
Continue reading to see how we used this sheet while recording ourselves reading on our iPads.
Many of you are familiar with my decodable reading strategy posters featuring beanie babies. Well, Alyssa created some just for fluency a few years ago. Her posters include the Cheatin’ Cheetah (for reading too quickly, without care for comprehension); the Just-Right Rabbit (you can hear "just right" with your ears; you'll be hopping along at the appropriate pace); Word-Ending Elephant (good readers never forget to look at the ends of words); and Pointer Penguin (Pointer Penguin reminds us to push our fingers along with the words, as though they're skating on ice). You can download her PowerPoint or a PDF printable version I created. Just click on the image below. Beanie babies are optional.
Amanda has been a loyal reader of this blog for a few years, and clearly she has been busy with her own blog, One Extra Degree: Confessions of a Teachaholic. I love the fluency resources provided in her post. In particular, I really like her fluency poster and even turned it into a bookmark. (You can download this by clicking on the image below.) I'm including Danielle’s bookmark, too, so you can make double-sided bookmarks for your students.
ReadingResource.net offers reading fluency activities and other fluency resources you can use right now. Below are just a few that I think are highly engaging and effective.
I purchased a sight word phrases card set exactly like the one this site provides for free!
Practice reading the alphabet with punctuation marks. ABCD? Boring, right? E! Fun! Simply print on card stock and cut.
A list of grade level fluency phrases and short sentences for repeated practice.
Need some free printable fluency lessons organized by grade level and difficulty? How about a year's worth? I depend on the FCRR's literacy games and so do many teachers in our school. These games make excellent 10–15 minute literacy lessons, and they're free! You can change the setting for your particular grade.
To close this post, I want to offer a few final suggestions on teaching fluency.
Visit my Pinterest page to find MORE fluency resources. Most of these resources can be found under the Printables/Freebies board.
So, that’s it for now. I have so many other links, resources, and information that I had difficulty narrowing them down for this post. I neglected to write about some of the most common fluency routes, such as readers theater. I’ll make it a point to revisit fluency later this year in order to cover other literacy skills, such as phonemic awareness, that play a part in fluency.
I hope this post finds you when you have a moment to appreciate some of the many free resources available to you and your students!