As I was finishing up my report cards a few weeks ago. I noticed that MANY of my students were FAILING not meeting the standards in fluency.  I always talk about fluency, but I've never really stressed it.  My teammates also had the same problem.  They suggested that we all start doing Fry Phrases.  I found a fabulous set of Fry Phrases for free from Ocean's of First Grade Fun.  She made the first 3 lists all cute and typed and COLOR CODED. How did she know my OCD self I would love and need these! :)

I've also started using Jodi's Fluency packs. Ohmyword. There is about THIS MUCH in these packets. They are Ahhh-mazing! They are also great for vocabulary and comprehension.

Then, as one of my Daily 5 mini-lessons, I did a fluency lesson. I want my kiddos to know what fluency is so that they can have it! :)

I made these posters to help them remember.  I only went over one poster a day.  I showed them non-examples and then good examples of each one.  So, for example on day one, I did explained rate.  I read a poem SUPER fast. I had to give me a thumbs up if I had a good rate or a thumbs down if I had a bad rate. They gave me a THUMBS DOWN!  I was too fast!  Then, I read it too slow.  I bet you can guess what happened next.  Yes, they gave me another thumbs down.  I finally read it just right. I got lots of thumbs up and even a few thumbs down.

With each poster there is also an action:
Rate- Not too fast and not too slow {they pretend to run slow and run fast- with their arms}
Expression- Don't sound like a robot {they do the robot dance- channel your inner 80's dance moves}
Accuracy-Read the words right {they do a check mark in the air with their pointer finger}
Punctuation- Read the punctuation marks {they make an exclamation point in the air}

Then, once a week, after I do a running record on a student, I quickly have them fill out this self-assessment.  We then set a goal on what they will work on.

Any other fluency tips for my 1st graders? 


Mrs. Tolbert said...

Thanks for these poster and the link to the fry phrases!
Daisy Days for Learning

Unknown said...

Thanks for the posters! We'll be using common core starting next year. Like you, I talk about fluency but don't really stress it. These posters are fabulous!

luckeyfrog said...

I love using poetry and songs to practice fluency! We have a poem of the week (I got mine here, since I teach from the Treasures reading series! http://just4teachers.blogspot.com/p/catx-poems-4-treasures.html ) We read the same poem repeatedly, and in different voices to make it fun. Sometimes we read like a robot, and then we read it fluently, which they love. Reading it all through the week really helps.

I would also recommend the You Read to Me, I'll Read to You books. They have poems meant to bread in pairs and the kids LOVE the humor in them!

Thanks for pointing out the great resources you've found!


Sometimes we do hot and cold reads of a fluency passage too, but it's more for tracking progress for me. The kids do love graphing how they're doing on repeated reads, though!

Wolfelicious said...

I love this post. My kindergarten students are having a difficult time with their fluency. We keep working on it. I love your posters! Thanks so much!


Kelley Cirrito said...

I have a fluency rotation my kids do every day. I will try to make a post on it sometime this week. I have seen great improvement with my kids!

Jodi said...

I love the posters! And, THANKS for the shout out!!! You are awesome! :)


Unknown said...

Love the posters! Thanks for sharing :)


Stories from Room 114

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your freebies you posted...they are perfect! I made a packet {on TPT} that I use in the hallways. It has the fry phrases and dolch words that I use to quiz my sweeties when they are using the bathroom, standing in line or coming in and leaving the classroom. It has really helped me fill in the down times with instructional material that will help their fluency!

Cupcake said...

LOVEloveloveee these!!! I've been emphasizing these exact things like crazy!!
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Erica Bohrer said...

Thanks for all the freebies! When do you sleep!!!???

Peterson's Primary Peeps said...

Thanks for the great stuff! Check out my blog for a St. Patrick’s Day necklace craft


Delaney White said...

WOW!! Love the posters! Thanks for sharing.

Amber Unger said...

Love the fluency posters and really LOVE the self-assessment. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing for free. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the posters- I love them. We too have been really focusing on fluency for the past 6 weeks & I am seeing some improvement. I bought Jodi's spring fluency pack and LOVE IT! I love how it reinforces skills we've already covered.

Malarie said...

Love this! Thanks for some more great ideas!

Jill said...

As a school, we don't focus on fluency but clearly it is important!! Thanks for the resources!

Marvelous Multiagers!

Sheree Peterson said...

Fantastic! Just what I needed. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I do the same thing but with sight words. I have Rainbow Word Club. Each club is a different color and consists of 20 words beginning with pre primer all the way to third grade. Students take their club home and practice and can try out during school. They have to read the entire list fluently without hesitation to move to the next level. I have a chart in the classroom and they get a sticker on it with that color. when they reach the last club, gold, they get a gold medal! Then, we move onto phrases. They go crazy over it. Also, when they're reading I always try to encourage them to reread for fluency whether they're independently reading, reading with a partner, chorally, echo or in a small group.

Mrs. M said...

LOVE THIS!!! thank you so much!! What would I ever do without you?!! lol :)

Color Me Kinder

Kristin Young said...

Really cute. I can even use this with some of my kinders! Thanks for sharing friend!! :)

Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

Amanda said...

You always have the best freebies! Thanks for sharing. I have been focusing heavily on fluency for the past couple of weeks so this will be a perfect addition! Reading A-Z has fluency passages that you can print off and test students on. I have been doing that and they love to try to beat their score, however if they are just speed reading, I have them start over.

Unknown said...

Awesome! Thank you!
First Grade Blue SKies

Unknown said...

I send home a fluency folder on Thursdays with a poem inside just at their reading level. It has directions for their parent in how to practice successfully. They return it on Monday and I listen to them individually. It seems to be helping and they are starting to transfer it to our guided reading groups.

Ms. Jessica said...

I absolutely love these fluency posters and the actions that go along with them. I can't wait to use them with my Kindergarten class! We've been doing very basic fluency and talking about how it is important to "read like you talk." Our class was lucky enough to have our school purchase us "whisper phones" (http://www.whisperphone.com/index.php/whisperphones/whisperphone-solo.html). Every since we've had them, the kids have made tons of progress in their fluency because they can hear themselves easily. They are expensive if you have to buy them on there own, but I remember seeing a DIY version out there using PVC pipes!

Jennifer said...

How awesome are those posters! Thank you!
Rowdy in First Grade

Kristin said...

FANTASTIC!!! I totally need this! Thank you, Rachelle!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Mrs. Halbert said...

Thank you so much for these adorable posters! I’ve created a resource called the reading race to motivate my students to improve their fluency. My firsties set goals and then we track their progress using one of three fluency graphs. If they meet their goal, they are rewarded with a certificate. I’ve seen so much improvement since I started using this strategy. Here is the link if you would like to check it out:

The Reading Race, Fluency Logs and Rewards

Thanks again for your precious freebies!

Learning with a Happy Heart

Mrs. Halbert said...

Whoops! The link didn't work. :) Here is the address:


Sarah Paul said...

Rachelle, you read my mind! I've been stressing about fluency lately. For many, punctuation does not exist while reading. These posters are a great visual for my kiddos. And I love the weekly assessment. Thanks for all your fabulous hard work!
Sarah's First Grade Snippets

vicky1970 said...

Hi Rachelle - I love those adorable fluency posters...too cute. Thank you so much for sharing. I always love popping in and seeing what you are up to. Have a fun day with your kiddos. :o)
Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

Peterson's Primary Peeps said...

Thanks for the fluency posters. I just posted it on pinterest. Check out my teaching pinterest at http://pinterest.com/primarypeeps/


Jamie Woodward said...

I love this, and especially that parents can see specifically what fluency skills might need to be worked on more.

During reader's workshop my students love using timers to time their buddy through out the week and I would love to teach them to use your reflection sheets.

Thank you!

Oh First Grade Friends

Allison said...

My first graders have also been struggling with fluency specifically with expression. To help students with this we have been utilizing a lot of Reader's Theatre scripts. Sometimes we just read it as a guided reading group and practice different voices and reading with expression. Sometimes after we read it together, the students practice reading it with a parent volunteer and practice it to perform for the class. The students absolutely love it. I get the scripts from Reading AtoZ because they are leveled.

Another thing I'm doing is a read around. Over Spring Break students are to choose a just-right book to read aloud to the class. They practice reading it fluently with their parents. After break, instead of me doing read-alouds, a few students each day will do a read-aloud. This is the first time I'm trying this so we'll see how it goes.

A Flutter Over First Grade said...

Thanks for this post on fluency. We use a CBM (AIMSWeb) to benchmark fluency and this year our kids are not making the same growth as last year. We just started to work on repeated readings using some old progress monitoring passages and also found fluency activities over at http://www.fcrr.org/Curriculum/studentCenterActivities.shtm. Fluency is a big push in our district. Thanks for the freebies. I will definitely be printing your posters! Denise

Bethany McClure said...

Love these fluency posters! They will be a big help for my students!

Learning is a Journey

Unknown said...

These posters fit PERFECTLY with how I instruct my students! Thank you for sharing these! You have saved me some time!!
❤Mrs. McKown
Little Literacy Learners

Unknown said...

Just wanted to let you knot that I just linked up this post here:
Little Literacy Learners
❤Mrs. McKown

Unknown said...

Thank you for the wonderful freebies!!

@ACrucialWeek said...

Thank you so much for sharing this resource. The posters are adorable and so clear!

I'll be posting a link to this on my blog next week (it's scheduled for Thursday when I'm on hols!).

A Crucial Week

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