Have students who are still struggling in reading? Or what about the students who are on grade level, but not making progress? It could be because those students do not have a strong sense of word families and patterns. I had a few students like that in my class and our literacy consultant suggested that I make fluency charts for those students who were struggling. The progress those students have made is AMAZING! I practice the fluency charts with my neediest group at least twice a week. Here's how the fluency charts work:
*The first line is the families. The students should only be taking half a second to look at them and say those families. For your convenience the families are broken down by vowel sounds.
*The second line is a simple sound in front of the family. The dot underneath the beginning sound means they need to say the beginning sound first, then say the family sound. Ex: "c-at."
*The third line means they need to put the whole word together. For example: "cat."
*The fourth line includes blends in front of the word family. For example: "slat."
*The fifth line is a sentence with word wall words and the word families.
I keep a words folder for those students and they keep these fluency charts in there. For the extreme cases I send these home with families to practice.
I included 30 sight word cards (based off first grade) and 10 extra cards for you to customize. Keep checking back in- I'm hoping to update the fluency charts with even more word families!