There are a lot of wonderful products available for building fluency, however this product has what I believe to be 2 unique features you might want to consider when choosing instructional materials:
-The activities in this product provide practice with sight vocabulary phrases in isolation AND in the context of connected text, giving students practice using a “phrasing” or “chunking” strategy when reading to promote speed and proper phrasing immediately after practicing phrases in isolation.
- Correct capitalization (hopefully) is used throughout-phrases begin with a lower case letter and sentences begin with a capital letter. I may be an overly zealous stickler for this, but I spend a lot of time telling my first graders when and when not to use capital letters, and believe it should be modeled in the print they read! MANY of the materials designed to help students read phrases feature a capital letter at the beginning of the phrases…take a look…food for thought!
This fun and engaging product includes:
-9 sets of phrases (Set A-Set I) Each of these sets includes 9 different phrases, all of which are taken from “Fry’s Phrases-the 1st 100 words”.
For each phrase group there are 10 vertical strips, each of which lists the phrases in a different order so the students are challenged to recognize the print features instead of memorizing the order!
-A “fluency flyer” frame which the students use by inserting a vertical phrase list and pulling it through to read each phrase through a ‘window”, the goal being to keep the phrases moving and read them quickly!
-2 versions each of a boy & a girl “fluency flyer”-super heroes who can “read phrases faster than a bolt of lightning!” The fluency flyers need to be cut out, laminated, and attached to a craft stick-not included- (I colored mine with a metallic permanent marker-see picture).These are to be used as marker/pointer/”sweeper” as the students follow various paths labeled with fluency phrases.The ones featured in the picture are cut out super heroes, but I included optional super heroes mounted on a small “glittery” background if you find it easier to cut and maneuver squares.
-6 separate “settings” or ‘scenes” on which 10 phrases are printed on a path or walkway. Students work with a partner taking turns having their “fluency flyer” ’”fly” under each phrase, reading it aloud, as they move along paths, the goal of which is to keep the ”fluency flyer” flying!
Please check the preview for additional explanation and/ or feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how to use these materials. I believe there are a lot of wonderful variations you might use as you adapt to fit the needs of your students. I would absolutely love to hear any innovative ideas you had as your students became ‘fluency flyers”-I continually learn from my colleagues both in and out of the classroom. Thank you for your interest in this product. Please leave feedback, as I really do appreciate hearing from you as I continue to design instructional materials. Also, please check back often at my store, as I am constantly adding new products you might find helpful: www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Amy-Bratsos
A big thank you to :
Mycutegraphics.com-creators of what became my ‘fluency flyers”!!
Fluency Flyers-Activities for Building Fluency with Fry's Fluency Phrase
by Amy Bratsos
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