Hi! It's Allison from Stuckey in Second! So happy to be sharing some of my fun fluency strategies here. I've loved reading the daily posts on this new collaborative blog, too! How fun to have so many fresh and new ideas DAILY! These fluency strategies are definitely Classroom Tested and approved! This is my tenth year of teaching second grade, and my tenth year of being FLOODED with FLUENCY!
Fluency....isn't that what we are all working on? In our district, second graders have to reach 87 wpm by the end of the year. After being frustrated for a long time, thinking I was having to teach speed reading, I have finally accepted that it actually helps students comprehend what they are reading. Sometimes, with the tests that they have to take we forget that fluency isn't just about SPEED, but also about phrasing and pausing in the correct places. Fluency helps make a student's reading sound better, which also helps them understand what they are reading too. I always spend a good portion of the beginning of the year working on fluency with every student. Some students move out of needing so much fluency work, but others need it the whole year.
I discovered Fry's Fluency Phrases probably 5 years ago. At first, I was excited to just copy them onto different colors of card stock, cut them out into strips, and put them on rings for students to practice. I can actually remember cutting them and assembling them in the car on a road trip we took to Nashville. I actually still use those rings of phrases. They hang up on hooks in my classroom. I have the 100 phrases of each level separated into 5 or 6 rings, so I will pass those out to my small group (whichever level they are on with the phrases.) We usually warm up our small group with those. They will read through one set, then toss them in the middle of the table and when someone else is done, they take theirs, etc.
Besides fluency phrases, there are many other things that I include in my classroom to encourage fluency. Some students will be assigned more of these things than others, depending on their differentiated need.
Familiar Reading Fluency Practice
Roll & Read Fluency Phrases
Leveled Fluency Passages
Sight Word Practice