As a Reading Interventionist, I work with many students on their fluency each day. Fluency is the smooth and automatic oral reading of texts, and takes a lot of practice. In primary and elementary Interventionist buildings, there are many resources, materials, and programs available for specialists to use during fluency lessons with students. In middle schools, there is a huge push for content literacy, but there's a catch... students can't fully engage with curriculum if they are experiencing reading difficulties. Many of these problems stem from nonfluent reading.
Enter these confidence-building, easy to implement, ready to go fluency triangles.
I created these triangles after seeing some great examples meant for primary grades. I used those, and my students blew through them. In middle school, there are thousands of exposures to multisyllabic words each day, in each class. I needed something more rigorous for middle school curriculum.
These triangles were made in consultation with the Fry word lists, using words up to the 7th group of hundred words. When I assess my students on cold word calling from these lists, they stumble when hitting the 4th and 5th hundreds, and then completely struggle in the 6th and 7th. Ergo, we need more practice!
There are 40 triangles with pre-typed sentences for fluency building. Each card is numbered for easy record keeping and reference. I would recommend printing on colorful paper, laminating, and punching a hole for a binder ring for easy storage and access. You can also print these on cardstock for a sturdier card. Do not print back to back, they will not line up well.
You can use these whole group, during modeling of a strategy, during small group, partner work, independently, or individually.
** How to use the triangles:
1. Students read line by line until the complete the sentence.
2. Students repeat each line as it is seen.
3. Students read the final sentence last (bottom of the triangle) after reading all previous words.
It is a
It is a very
It is a very quiet
It is a very quiet afternoon.
Students would begin with reading "It," and progress line by line, repeating each sentence chunk, until reading the final complete sentence at the bottom.
** Resource Features:
- 40 numbered cards (20 pages)
- Print black & white or on colored paper
- Hole punch with a binder ring for easy storage
- Confidence builder
- Created using Fry words
- Easy set up!
Please reach out with questions, and let me know how you use this resource in your classroom!