Hi Everyone! I've been a little MIA lately - sorry about that! My sister was in town this weekend, which was so much fun, but needless to say, I didn't get a whole lot of work done :)
I wanted to talk a little about fluency. Do you all do DIBELS? We do, and I have very mixed emotions about it - mostly negative. I will say though, the numbers don't lie on the oral reading fluency snapshot and the data can be somewhat useful. In the past, I haven't worried too much about my students' fluency rates because my philosophy has been that as my students reading levels improve, their reading rates will come along with it. Just to give you a little insight into my school, I usually have between 8-12 students reading at level B/C entering 2nd grade. However, this year it dawned on me reading development can work the opposite way too - that possibly improving my students' fluency rates will improve their reading levels. I have a group of students this year that really need improvement in their sight word recall and more than that their ability to read two, three, and four sight words in a row fluently. Because of that, I made a packet of "fluency phrases." They have been working well during guided reading and I even have some of my students using them with partners and independently during Daily 5 time. I put the fluency phrases into a packet and uploaded them to my TPT store to share with you all! Here is a preview of what they look like. I know I'm a little late on the winter thing, but better late than never, right?! I am working on spring phrases right now - so hopefully they will be ready before summer ;)
They are $2.50 at my TPT store, but the first person to comment on this post can have them for free :) Just leave me your email address!
On another note, I saw this at Ms. Rachel's Room...I thought it was so funny, I had to share: