Building students’ reading fluency takes practice. Lots and lots of practice.
But our pack of fluency trees makes it so easy to take children’s reading to the next level by giving kids practice reading the top 100 Dolch and Fry sight words in growing sentences.
To prep the cards, I simply printed them out on bright neon paper to give them a playful pop of color and cut along the grey lines to separate them into individual cards.
Then I punched a hole in the upper left corner of each one and clipped them with a binder ring to keep the set together.
You could easily create color coded packs of cards for students to work through by printing the first few sheets on one color, printing the next few sheets on a different color, etc.
To make the activity extra motivating, I printed off the reading spinners that are also included in the pack and grabbed a paper clip to spin around the tip of a pencil so we could make a DIY spinner.
Then we were ready to get to work!
I showed Big Brother (age 7) how to flick the paper clip around the tip of a pencil he’d placed in the center of the spinner.
Our first flick landed on “mouse” so I grabbed the first fluency tree in the stack and read it using my best mouse voice.
I pointed underneath each word as I read to reinforce one to one correspondence.
When we made it to the last row on the card, I pointed out that the line ended with a question mark so I knew I would need to raise my voice on that last word to make it a question.
Then it was Big Brother’s turn! He eagerly spun the spinner and landed on “dad”. Making his voice as low as it would go, he read through the card and pointed underneath each word as he went along.
After spinning several voices, Big Brother returned the fluency tree to the pile and grabbed a new one to tackle next.
The set was such a simple way to add some fun to our fluency work!