Fluency Partnerships

We have been working so hard on building our fluency in first grade!

We all know that fluency is an important part of being a good reader.  But how, exactly, we build fluent readers isn't always clear.  This spring we have really been focusing on becoming more fluent.  I started by introducing the parts of fluency (accuracy, rate, expression, and punctuation).  We modeled and practiced during reading time, and then we were ready to take our show on the road!

We paired up with a 4th grade class and continue to visit daily to practice our fluency.  This takes us less than 10 minutes a day, including travel time to the 4th grade classroom!

We arrive with our fluency books and sit down right away with our partners.  I selected ability-appropriate passages for each student and put them together in a book.  
(Read on to see where I got my passages from!)

Our 4th grade partners get the timers ready.  We use iPads and iTouches to time with, but any timer or stopwatch will do!

We spend one week on the same passage.  Each day, we try to read more accurately and smoothly.  We focus on expression and punctuation as well.

Our 4th grade partners are responsible for underlining words we missed, and counting the words we got correct.  They give us feedback on what we did well, and suggest areas to improve.

Working with our 4th grade fluency partners has become such a fantastic part of our daily routine!  My kids get so excited to share with me that they read all the words correctly, or that they read the passage faster than the day before.  Our 4th grade partners seem pretty happy to help, too.  It's a win-win!

Cara Carroll's Rock Your Fluency ~ The Ultimate Bundle is a great resource that I have been using in my classroom.  She has some editable pieces in there that are particularly helpful.  This is where I pulled my fluency books from.  By buying the bundle, I was able to pull passages from the various levels (Pre-Primer through Third Grade Dolch).  I also used her fluency phrase cards to create a BOOM game to play during Word Work in Daily 5.

Katie's Comprehension and Fluency 101 is another great resource for fluency work.  There are some great fluency posters to help introduce the parts of being a fluent reader, as well as some fun whole-group games!

How do you build fluent readers in your classroom?

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