These fluency and comprehension passages and activities are interactive, fun, and perfect for beginning readers. Each tri-fold focuses on a targeted phonics skill and also reinforces fluency and comprehension. While using each brochure, students get the opportunity to learn a new phonics skill and practice that skill in the context of reading for comprehension.
I created this resource to be used in guided reading groups. Each phonics skill contains two separate passages at different levels. The easier passage is perfect for the kindergarten child who is beginning to blend cvc words to form sentences. The second level is perfect for the advanced kindergartner or first grade student who has more sight word knowledge but needs practice reading cvc words quickly and fluently while building confidence.
These phonics skill based tri-folds combine phonics, fluency, comprehension, and word work in one simple sheet of paper. I used the form of a brochure because my students hate worksheets! It might seem silly, but turning a flat piece of paper into a brochure adds a lot of excitement to little ones. Adding a paperclip as a spinner adds another element of excitement.
Step 1 – Introduce the phonics skill/word family. I always show a PowerPoint or a poster with the phonics pattern and a list of words. We write the pattern in the air and we ALWAYS sing a song about the pattern. (Stay tuned… I’ll upload my powerpoint slides for FREE in the near future.)
Step 2 – Read a list of words with the phonics pattern. Pictures are included.
Step 3 – Read the passage. (I use these passages in guided reading groups, so I have my students whisper read. I help them decode as needed.)
Step 4 – Read the passage a second time and underline all of the words with the phonics pattern. Students must write the words they underlined for extra phonics practice.
Step 5 – Read the passage a third time and answer the comprehension questions.
Step 6 – Students learn they can use words they know to read and write new words. They will use a spinner (paperclip and pencil) to build and write words with the phonics pattern.
Step 7 - Students retell the beginning, middle, and end of the story with words or illustrations.
*Usually my students are fluent by the third read. However, there are times that I have them read the passage over and over throughout the day to build fluency.
Included Short E Word Families: