Of the five components of reading, I think fluency is the one that is neglected the most. It is easy to find lessons for the others, but most activities for fluency are teacher directed. With all of the expectations put on teachers today, we are trying to utilize every minute that we have with our students. In a perfect world, we would send home readers with our students and parents would listen to their children read. This doesn’t always happen, so what is a teacher to do? The answer is a child directed fluency activity. It took me years before I worked out all the bugs of my Sentence Shuffle lessons. The benefits to this type of activity are:
- It can be set up as a folder game. This is great if you are wall-to-wall students this year and don’t have space to set up centers. Students can easily do this at their desk or table.
- You can set it up as a center. The directions for the center are included so student won’t interrupt your small group lesson if they didn’t pay attention the first time. All of these lessons (levels: K-5) have the same format so once you teach your students the format, you can switch the topic of the sentence shuffles and not have to give directions again. Save your valuable for time for something else!
- There are lesson for reading levels K-5 and I am adding more every day. This works great for differentiation.
- You can use this with your small groups, too. Students read real and nonsense sentence. It is a great way to check for comprehension.
- Speech pathologists and special education teachers have also left feedback that they love them, too!