April is a time to really fine tune fluency in your class. And so here are some great free fluency activities with these April Fluency Printables.
By now your students should have a really good grasp on letter naming and they are ready to really increase their speed. This page is great to continue to practice at this point in the year so that the students can increase the speed at which they read them. (Fluency is reading with speed and accuracy right?) Click here to download these free pages.
Nonsense words are very important because they are word chunks and syllables for bigger words. Practicing for speed and accuracy helps students to really internalize decoding these words so it is effortless and they will be ready for attacking those word chunks on larger words. Check out our article on Why Nonsense Words Are So Important) and click here to download these practice pages.
We work fluency into so many parts of our day. We will explicitly practice with partners during our lessons; one person reads and the other person watches the timer and checks them for accuracy. We will take these fluency pages and use the same one again and again so that way the kids are comfortable reading it so they can experience what reading fast and accurately feels and looks like.
We also do some good fluency practice before small groups too! This is where our Kindergarten Fluency Cards come in super handy.
We use these cards to start every small group. Each student gets a different card to read. They read it again and again until I say pass. When I say pass, they all pass to the right (and I hand the person on my right a new card). I give them a very quick chance to read it and say pass. Most of the time they do not make it through the whole card and that is OK. This is great for the kids to come right to your table and get to work immediately; they don’t have to wait for the other group members to get there before they can start reading their own card. Click here to check out our Spring Kindergarten Fluency Cards.