We’re so excited for these Valentine’s Day digital fluency mini-lessons we just released!
What is Fluency in a Flash?
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 lesson on your board (PowerPoint required) 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.
Please note: You MUST have PowerPoint on a desktop device to use this resource. It is NOT compatible with Google Slides, Keynote, or Powerpoint for Ipad. This resource is digital only and is not designed to be printed. The files will open directly into Powerpoint show mode to protect the complicated animations and links.
At the end of each day, we also offer a quick optional practice activity and an opportunity for students to self-assess how well they used the components of fluent reading.
We also include a paper-free teachers guide that can be easily accessed within the file as needed.
Want to know if Fluency in a Flash is right for your class?
What does a week of VALENTINE’S DAY Fluency in a Flash look like?
The weekly activities are the same for each grade level but the content is different.
Monday – Syllable Drop: Students work with multi-syllable words to practice the word attack strategies of segmenting and blending. Syllables slide in on valentines before a mail truck 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 each week: someone without a mouthful of chocolate, cupid, someone licking a stamp, a love bug, someone smelling stinky perfume, someone feeling bashful.
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 Valentine’s Day 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 Valentine’s Day word conversation with cupid and a princess with a frog and a flower deliveryman and customer.
Friday – Riddle Me This: Fluency and inferencing skills are applied as students practicing reading—and then solving—seasonal riddles. Spoiler alert: Set on a Paris street, your students will love these Valentine’s Day riddles that are pulled onto the scene by a Paris Metro train!
Don’t worry, the gifs above are just clips from the activities, sped up to give you a glimpse of all the fun you’ll find in these interactive digital fluency mini lessons!
You’ll do the activities a little slower, but you’ll still be able to get these quick daily mini lessons done…in a flash!
Valentine’s Day Fluency in a Flash mini lessons are available for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade.
Want so save $$$? Check out the Seasonal Fluency in a Flash bundles to get 18 weeks of seasonal fluency mini lessons!
These seasonal mini lessons make a great add-on to our everyday fluency mini lessons.