If you have been reading for a while, then you know that I worked on fluency the second half of the year last year. And you know that my kids loved it. And just like anything else we do as teachers, I have spent some time thinking about how I can incorporate more fluency or what can be done better. My original post for 10 min fluency fun can be found here.
Then I came across Tessa's powerpoints that I shared about here. Those are most definitely going to be used with my low tier 3 kiddos to get some extra time to work with me on fluency. I am going to turn this into a fun game/challenge with rewards to get them motivated. We all know that the struggling readers are the ones that need the motivation.
And then I got to thinking... ok I test these kids weekly with our AIMSweb tests. But is there anything else I can do with them? Something where they are reading longer passages for fluency instead of just phrases, more than just once a week, and something they could work with all week? Enter Melissa's fluency passages.
So how am I going to use this? Well that is semi up in the air still. But here is what I am thinking...
On Mondays, my intervention kids that I work with during morning work will read this with me instead of doing a phonics lesson. I am going to give each child the tracking sheet and they will color in their cold read number of words correct. In order for me to save paper and not need a teacher copy for each student, I am going to use different colors to record the students cold read scores on my page. Then I am going to send home the passage with these students to read throughout the week. I won't ask the parents to time them or do the log, just practice reading with them and work on fluency.
On Friday, instead of doing a phonics lesson, I will have them read it to me again and they will record their hot read on their tracking sheet. I will keep track of it on my teacher copy in the same colors that I used on Monday and file it in my intervention folder. (Gotta keep records of everything...) I might make it a challenge where the most improved for the week gets some kind of acknowledgement. Smart beads, fluency start sticker, special pencil, starburst...something. I just haven't figured that part out yet. Job choice for next week maybe... that is always a BIG one in my class. They all want to pick their jobs.
Now what about the kids who have parents that ask how they can help at home? Well, I think what I will do is have a few passages printed, copied, and stapled together. I will send them home with the parents and explain exactly what to do with their child, as if I were the one doing it in the class with them. I will probably send home 4 at a time (so they have a full month). Basically they will be doing the same thing at home that I am doing with my tier 3 kiddos. I will let the parents be the teachers. They will have the comprehension questions, passages, and tracking sheets.
If you are looking for some fluency practice for your kids, I highly suggest looking at Melissa's product. You can get to the listing by clicking on the picture above.