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Category: fluency

Reading Fluency in a Flash

Over the last year and a half we’ve talked to countless teachers about fluency instruction in the classroom. When we help students recognize words effortlessly and teach them to read with appropriate expression and phrasing, we’re allowing them to access texts in a more meaningful way. Reading fluency is the key

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Unlocking the Power of Fluency Webinar

Hi teacher friends! We wanted to alert you of some upcoming free professional development opportunities that we’re hosting in the coming weeks. You’re invited to join us to learn about Unlocking the Power of Fluency for your students. This is a free, live training we will be offering on a

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A Teacher’s Guide to Fluency

For a long time, fluency was the forgotten component of reading instruction.  I know it never came up in my college courses!  But in the last 10 years or so, the view has shifted.  Fluency has come to be recognized as a vital skill in developing proficient readers. For the

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Getting the Most Out of Fluency Homework

Timed, repeated readings with feedback are one of the best ways to improve students’ reading fluency. Read more about repeated readings here! How you manage repeated readings depends on what works best in your class. Some teachers have parent helpers or aides work with the students. Some teachers do timed

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Beginning Fluency: Leveled Passages

When it comes to fluency practice, students need something to read.  But what?  Really, any text that students can read independently works for practice: rereading familiar books Reader’s Theater scripts student newspapers (Scholastic News, Weekly Reader, etc.) joke books short poems But if you’re looking for more targeted practice, leveled

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Beginning Fluency: Segmenting & Blending (SBF)

I remember when they handed me my list of kids who hadn’t passed their DIBELS Nonsense Word Fluency.  It seemed like it must be a cruel joke!  Nonsense words?  Really????? Over time I’ve come to love and hate Nonsense Word Fluency.  I love it because that first year with DIBELS

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Beginning Fluency: Letter Sound Fluency (LSF)

Once students know letter names, they’re poised to master letter sounds.  Yay!  We have a set of homework pages to help your little learners take this next step. Like our Letter Name Fluency (LNF), the first place to start with Letter Sound Fluency (LSF) is assessment.  For this test, the

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Beginning Fluency: Letter Name Fluency (LNF)

When we were looking at extending the levels of fluency practice that we offer, we played around with a few things and finally realized that to make this meaningful we needed to start at the beginning.  So, here is a look at the very beginning. (The framework of our fluency

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2nd Grade Fluency Homework

Note: This product recently underwent a massive transformation! Read about our new and improved fluency homework in this post. Click here to download a free sampler of the newly redesigned fluency homework. Do you DIBELS? Doesn’t that sound like it should be something fabulous?  Or scandalous!   Not so much when

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Poetry and Fluency

Last week I found myself with an unexpected large chunk of time to fill. You know how it goes! I had the idea to for the kids to get out their poetry binders (we add a new poem each week), choose a favorite, design a paper bag puppet to go

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