Looking for a FUN way for your students to practice reading fluency and expression? Look no further! This is an activity I like to do with my own students. I have found it to be useful for teaching students how to read with appropriate expression and pay attention to ending punctuation when they read, as well as extremely engaging and enjoyable.
I created these fluency strips for my Tier II and Tier III MTSS groups. One of the main reading skills we work on daily is reading prosody. Two of the main components we focus on are fluency and expression. One of my favorite ways to help students practice reading with expression is by having them read the same sentence with different ending punctuation to see how it affects our inflection. This is a great tool for modeling and practicing good fluency and expression.
To use this file simply print the sentence strips on cardstock, cut them apart, and laminate for wear. Print the ending punctuation marks, cut them apart, and glue them onto the ends of popsicle sticks. Give a set of these “punctuation pops” to each student to use. Each student will need a period, exclamation point and question mark punctuation pop.
Then, have students take turns drawing a sentence strip and read each sentence first without any ending punctuation mark. Then have students place each "punctuation pop" at the end of the same sentence and reread the sentence using the appropriate expression and inflection based on each different ending mark. Have students repeat this exercise until they have read the sentence with a period, question mark and exclamation point at the end. This is an excellent time to have a discussion with your students about how our voices change when we're making a statement, asking a question, or being excited or angry.
I have also included a *Fun Twist* for you to try. :) In this file are 6 pages of silly sentences for your to add each students' name to. This is just a fun way to keep kids engaged when practicing their fluency and expression. Get ready for some major giggles!
I hope you and your students enjoy using these activities, and that they help your students become more fluent readers! I look forward to hearing your feedback. I appreciate your purchase! Look for more reading and ELA resources on my TPT page.
~ Common Core Standards ~
3.RF.3 Know and apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
3.RF.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
3.RF.4a Read on level text with purpose and understanding.
3.RF.4b Read on level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
3.RF.4c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.