Fluency practice doesn't feel like work when you mix it with Santa, reindeer, gingerbread, and Christmas lights! And we have a free fluency goodie waiting for you in this post, so read on!
Fluency in a Flash is a brief, targeted routine for practicing reading fluency daily. Each day of the week focuses on a specific fluency skill and can be completed in 2 or 3 minutes.
Simply project the day’s digital lesson (a video that should work on any digital device) and guide your students through the activity. Offer feedback on how they’re reading and, if time allows, give them the opportunity to complete an extension activity and self-assess their reading fluency.
We created a special Christmas Fluency in a Flash FREEBIE just for you! That's one week of fluency mini-lessons, with a Christmas twist, ready to go for you. No prep required! All you need is a digital device!
Here's an overview of this free week of Christmas Fluency in a Flash mini-lessons:
Monday – Syllable Segments: Students work with multi-syllable words to practice the word attack strategies of segmenting and blending. Syllables slide in on light bulbs before Santa reveals the whole word.
Tuesday – What a Character: Students practice reading a short seasonal poem as a real-life opportunity to practice good phrasing and expression. They also have the opportunity to practice reading as different characters to make this fluency practice extra fun. Students can read in three seasonal styles: Santa, Rudolph, a Christmas Elf, like your mouth is full of cookies, like you’re stuck in a chimney, and like you’re singing a Christmas carol!
Wednesday – Watch Your Tone: Students practice reading the same sentence using tones that match different settings. This helps them focus on the subtler aspects of expressive reading. Three different Christmas scenes each week make these sentences take on a whole new meaning.
Thursday – Crazy Conversations: Students create a conversation where the words are nonsense, but they must use the punctuation cues to add meaning to what they’re saying. Students will love having a nonsense Christmas word conversation between a couple of elves in the reindeer stable and between Santa and Mrs. Claus in the kitchen.
Friday – Riddles: Fluency and inferencing skills are applied as students practicing reading—and then solving—seasonal riddles. Spoiler alert: Your students will love these Christmas riddles!
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