Fluency isn’t a matter of reading as fast as you can; it’s the ability to read text accurately, effortlessly, and with expression. Punctuation helps the reader understand the message, and good readers will skim their eyes ahead for the end mark to let them know whether to give their voice (even their inner voice) inflection or emotion.
Punctuation will alter how we read text. A sentence ending in a period will be read completely differently than the same sentence which ends with either an exclamation point or question mark.
I’ve used the Dolch Sight Words list for 2nd grade and for each word created three variations of the same sentences, using a period, exclamation point, and question mark. With the strips printed on cardstock, hole-punched and placed on a binder ring, students will practice reading each sentences depending on the end mark for each. Understanding punctuation improves reading fluency and, therefore, comprehension, and these Punctuation Fluency Practice Strips for 2nd Grade are the perfect exercise for your students!
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