Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fluency Builders and Caring for Cole

Like many of you I have a group of students that are struggling to catch up.  I have tried so many things to build their sight word knowledge and fluency and then I found this ...
Sight Word Fluency Passages for Reading Intervention by Christina over at Second Grade Sugar and Spice.

I decided to use it with this particular group at the beginning of each of their guided reading sessions. 

Here's how it works:

First, I review the targeted sight words. In this case it was said, use and there. Then, the student finds the words in a 'word hunt'. They LOVE using highlighters, but crayons work too. You'll notice on the page that there are 'growing sentences'. The student reads each of the phrases and when they get to the end of the phrases they color one of the happy faces. 
 Sometimes I have them use sound phones while I am working with one of the other students. (What did I do before I purchased those????)
I have each student in the group working on a different page.  This adds variety to the group and they can listen to each other read without memorizing what the said and just repeating it.
As a bonus there are even pre and post assessment pages included and a teacher tracking page.

For my own use I copied the pages I wanted for the next few weeks and prepared this supply teacher directions page ... because you just never know.  I put it in my group guided reading bin and now it's ready to go.
 If you would like to read more about this product head on over to Second Grade Sugar and Spice.  you won't be disappointed!  I couldn't help but notice this is Pack #1 - I'll be anxiously awaiting the sequel!

On another note, Karla over at Life in Special Education has put together an AMAZING collection of "Tried and True" resources.  There are over $160.00 worth of resources that can be yours for a $25 donation.  All proceeds will be used to help a young boy named Cole, the son of a teacher who is putting up a courageous fight against brain cancer.  You can read more about Cole by clicking on the picture.
Please consider helping Cole and his family.

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