Fun fluency practice for upper elementary students! I use this game and others like it during our school's intervention block when I use the Read Naturally program with a group of eight students. With that program, there can be small chunks of down time for students while they are waiting their turn with the teacher or if they are already finished. It is nice for kiddos to have some independent fluency practice that is quick to set up/put away and engaging enough to keep them focused while they are less supervised because their teacher is busy doing running records with another student.
This game uses upper elementary level sight words (from #400-500 of Fry's 1000 sight words) to practice rapid word recognition and therefore build fluency. It is played with two students, one reading the words from a 1/2 page sheet (with instructions) and the second locating the words on an array laid out on a desk in front of him/her.
Minimal Teacher prep:
• Print all six pages onto card-stock
• Cut the two instruction/word list pages in half
• Cut out each set of word cards (tip: before cutting use a different color marker or crayon to draw a line across the back of the cards, that way students know that all of the cards with a pink line on the back go together)
• You might want some sort of pouches to store the cards and instruction/word lists...I keep mine in gallon zip top baggies with a small hole in the corner so the kids don't pop it when air gets trapped inside.
• a timer or stopwatch is needed for each pair in this game