Included in this download:
30 weeks of Fluency Practice
* Pocket Chart Cards - organized by week
* "Read Like A..." Fluency cards
* My Fluency Phrases - Student Sheets
* Editable Gradebook
There are tons of options when it comes to fluency practice, here’s how I run things in my classroom.
I copy (with the three hole punch setting) a set of all 30 student response pages “My Fry Phrases” for each student. They have a Fluency Folder (3 prong folder) that we build at the beginning of the year they must keep in their desk so it’s always available.
I print the pocket chart cards onto colored card stock and keep them in a long coupon holder.
I’ve provided multiple ways to have students interact with their expression choices. You may want to have clothespins or bottle caps with numbers written on them and post the “Read Like A...” Master page in the center for students to refer to, or you may wish to print and cut out the “Read Like A...” cards. I have found that too many voice options can be a distraction for students, so I usually begin with the first 10 ways to read and at the start of each unit add 3 or 4 more ways to read. This way students get a handle on how to sound scared, proud, or old, it also keeps interest high throughout the year.
Each week I assign fluency practice in my center rotations. Both the weekly fluency cards and the Read Like A... cards are in the center. The students bring their Fluency Folders to the center and randomly pick a Read Like A card. They read each of the phrases in the pocket chart one time in that voice. They put a check in the box next to the phrase on their “My Fry Phrases” each time they read it. After reading all the phrases in one voice, they draw another card and continue until they are finished or time is up.
Since there are so many ways to personalize this activity, I’ve made a blank student direction page. The good news is that you can type your own directions on the next page. Just click in the box and start typing!
To do a quick check, I have students bring their fluency folder and read their phrases for the week to me. I generally start pulling kids for their quick check on Wednesday and try to be finished by Friday. This way I am able to get a weekly fluency grade for all of my students. Since students have their folders in their desks, they can always practice when there’s a spare minute or two.
The gradebooks can be used to record their fluency scale. These must be opened in Adobe Reader. You will be able to type your class list, and it will show up on all five pages! Each district seems to have their own grade system, so I didn’t include a fluency scale. We are also required to provide five grades per standard each quarter, this weekly fluency check will exceed that requirement and takes less than a minute to do per child. If your student is taking longer than a minute, they are struggling with fluency and probably need additional practice.