Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Fluency Tips and Activities

I hope that spring has finally sprung where you are. Here in northern Florida it is in full swing! There are so many things happening in spring and the perfect theme for reading and building fluency.

Fluency is one of the 5 skills necessary to achieve reading proficiency. For students to comprehend what they read they need to become fluent. They need to:
  • recognize words automatically
  • group words into meaningful phrases
  • apply rapid phonic,morphemic, and contextual analyses to identify unknown words
The only way that students become fluent readers is to read. Over the past 20 years research has identified repeated reading as the key strategy for improving students' fluency skills.  Since accuracy and automaticity are a fundamental principals of fluency, teachers who work with beginning readers need to spend a significant amount of time on basic word recognition and word analysis skills. To be effective, teachers need to provide daily opportunities for students to learn to read words accurately. I believe that one of the best ways to achieve this is to use themes and spring is a great theme for building not only word fluency but also phrase, sentence, and text fluency. This is especially important for struggling readers and ESL students. What we do know is that struggling readers don't like to read but if they become fluent with the words, then phrases and sentences first they will begin to build confidence as they become more proficient. Then they can read short passages, poems, and readers theater.

I finally finished my Spring Fluency Activities Packet. It is my biggest packet so far and loaded with lots of great activities beginning with word and phrase activities. These activities are differentiated with just word cards or picture/word cards like the one below.
Once students are fluent with spring vocabulary words they can begin to read sentences like the ones below.

Students will then build sentences with differentiated cards like the ones below.
       

Finally they will read differentiated passages, poems, and partner readers theater like the ones below.
There are assessments for word fluency, phrase fluency, sentence fluency, and reading passages. There are also repeated reading activities like this one below.
To read the description and see sample pages of the differentiated activities in this packet just click on the image below to download the Preview file.
I have also put together a free Spring Fluency Activity packet which includes Building Sentences Cards. If you would like to download this free packet just click on the image below. Would truly appreciate your feedback.
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