Every Friday in our room is “Fluency Friday.” I LOVE routines and so do so many of my kiddos. They love to know what is coming next and exactly how do it. Our fluency routine is a great 5 minute fluency practice that we do each week. I start teaching them the routine early in the year by introducing one thing fluent readers do each week. That is then our focus for our practice.
We start out on the carpet reviewing the things that fluent readers do. We then move to our seats and get our “Fluency Folders,” out. Our folders have our passages and our fluency graph. The students put on their “fluency ears,” to help block out their neighbor’s voice and I time them as they read aloud for 1 minute. As they are reading, if they come to a word they don’t know they circle it. I walk around the room listening to them read and jotting down notes. When I say stop, they draw a line after the last word they read. We then talk about a few of the words that I noticed circles around and read the passage again for 1 minute. After the second read, they count up how many words they read and I ask them 2 questions for comprehension. The last part of our routine is their favorite! In their folder they keep a graph where they chart each week how many words they read. They LOVE watching the bar graph go higher each week and celebrating their hard work!
I have put together a packet of all of the things I use in my weekly fluency routine. It includes posters with the 3 things we review each week and includes an explanation of the hand movements we use as we say them (love WBT…I will have more to say about that in another post!). There are 2 sets of posters, one with cute little monsters that I just couldn’t resist, and another more traditional set. Also included are the parent letter I send home, a fluency folder cover, and a few different graphs. Not included are the actual fluency passages. I use the ones that came with our reading series.
The “Fluency Friday,” packet is available at my TpT store here….but I am giving away free packets to the first 2 people who comment on this post and become a follower!