Crazy Over Fluency

Remember how I promised you sweet kinder teachers I would be making fluency passages for you?  Well, Cara has created fluency centers to get kinders-3rd graders going on the road to fluency! Are you dying with excitement? I am!!! Cara and I are linking arms to help kids fall in love with reading and have fun doing it!
Fluency Rocks Let me tell you Cara has a fluency center your students will love!  Check out the glory of all this cuteness….
How cool is that?
I am a fluency nerd, so Cara’s center makes me happy. I am 100% OK with being a fluency nerd because it is a HUGE part of why my students are addicted to reading! However, I know that just because it works, it does not mean it’s easy for other teachers to “just implement” it.  So I wrote a 101 Guide to give you 10 game-changer strategies and games to help you rock your reading program!
Fluency 101 Cover new cover
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Speaking of rocking reading, Cara is helping all of our readers Rock Their Fluency! Click any picture to go grab it from TpT.
image image image  Rock Your Fluency ~ The Third Grade Edition {Editable}
Look at this! It is seriously “presh” and Cara has taken the time to do levels K-3 and even bundled them for you!
Rock Your Fluency ~ The Ultimate Fluency Bundle!
These fluency centers ROCK!
Each of Cara’s packs follows the format below:  Presentation3
My students do a passage a week for our traditional fluency drills, but the great thing about adding Cara’s fluency center to my classroom is four-fold:
  • Sight word practice
  • Phrase practice such as “in the”, “big dog”, & “not me”
  • Sight word intensive independent reading
  • Engagement- “Roll and Read” is like recess for the reader’s brain! It’s fun!

Kids need time to play and learn at their own pace. This is one of the reasons I LOVE Cara's center!!!! I can put the kinder-3rd grade materials out and the kids will choose what they are most comfortable with. Plus the idea of the fluency folders provides the perfect way to differentiate. Her materials are JUST brilliant!


If you are looking to add traditional fluency practice to your week, my fluency units will bring you joy and get you results! Each unit has:
  • Lesson Plans for the Week
  • A Power Passage in 3 formats for fluency, close reading, and/or comprehension
  • Questions page for close reading or a quiz
  • Writing prompt with 4 thinking maps for differentiation
  • Smart Art Project with directions in words and pictures
  • Bulletin board lettering
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All of these are bundled into a unit that will have April, May, and June fluency units. The April units you see above are loaded in now. I will be adding in the May units starting next week. It’s going to be a HUGE bundle when it’s done!!!
Spring Into Fluency
I hope that you are ready to Rock Your Fluency with Cara and I!
Please keep us posted on how it's going!!!
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  1. These look amazing! I would love to win a set.

  2. how great..23 firsties to share

  3. These would be perfect for my class. Love the fluency center box too.

  4. I am learning so much from these posts on teaching fluency (not to mention my TPT cart is getting full) - thank you for sharing your knowledge :)

  5. GREAT giveaway!! I love your American Heroes unit that I've used for fluency and for teaching. I am amazed how even my struggling readers have improved reading those! Carol

  6. I Love you guys! Thank for keeping me on my A game! Happy Spring! Wendy 1stgradefireworks 1stgradefireworks

  7. This is a great post - very detailed. It is making me rethink how I address fluency in my classroom. Spotted in First Grade

  8. I'm in love with Cara's set. I only have the first set and already I'm seeing difference after just 3 weeks.

  9. Would LOVE to win this!!! I just bought your fluency 101 packet, and would so love to have the rest!!

  10. So, I bought the Fluency 101 packet and I'm still studying all the wonderful suggestions and running off the papers. But listen to this!!! I went to school today and just decided to try the voice poppers for periods with my kinders. They giggled and giggled and had a blast. If this is any indication as to how successful the rest of the packet will be, I'm thrilled and so excited to try more! Thank you so very much!

    1. I am so glad. My class LOVES the punctuation poppers.

  11. These both look fabulous! And you're right, fluency is the key operator to transition kids from just learning to read to falling in love with reading.

  12. I have been following Cara's blog and now I'm excited to follow yours! I love that you teamed up together!

  13. I struggle with fluency in my classroom. It is something I really want to work on as a new teacher! I would LOVE to win. I am happy that I found your blog! :)

  14. I just purchased your Comprehension and Fluency 101 packet and have been totally rethinking my Fluency Center. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration! My school is K-2, so you have me kind of bummed that we don't have big reading buddies available! I may have to get creative. :)

    1. A K-2 school is tricky in that way! What about asking your drop-off moms to stay for 15 minutes or come 15 min early for dismissal. If you got even 4 moms to commit, you could probably do your whole class in 15 minutes.

    2. The moms will become addicted to seeing how much they are helping the kids as they graph the growth!

  15. Wow!! You have such amazing ideas!!!! I just purchased Cara's first grade unit and these would be such an amazing compliment!! Thank you guys for posting and creating such wonderful, useful resources for us all!!
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade


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