Second Grade Nest: December 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

New FREE Fluency Webinar

 
Hey primary teachers! I have created a webinar just for you guys. 
This webinar is all about improving fluency in your classroom. There were 5 possible dates you could  attend. Just pick the date that works best for you. 

During the webinar, we will discuss:
-the foundations of fluency
-the importance of fluency
-problems with fluency and how to solve them
-tips and tricks on how to improve fluency in your classroom

Want to join in for free?T
THERE IS ONLY ONE SESSION LEFT!



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fantastic Fluency Tools


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
This winter break, I am putting together a fluency webinar for teachers. I wanted to get a blog post together of all the fantastic fluency tools that I love to use when teaching fluency. Each of my links that I am posting are to Amazon affiliate links. 


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom 
 Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
Witch fingers or goblin fingers are a staple in the primary classroom. Students will use one witch finger (not 5 like they'd hope) to point to the words that they are reading. They are fantastic tracking tools that keep kids on track in a way they'll understand. In the picture you see my Zoofluency passages for a running record. The witch finger is waiting for students! They'll slip it on and read their copy of the story. Here is my Amazon affiliate link. 
(Link: http://amzn.to/2idOxKG)


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
 
Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
 These highlighting strips are great for beginning readers. Many times when students are learning to read and working with multiple lines of text, they may struggle to keep their place. That is where highlighting strips come in handy! They are great for lists of words, passages, stories, sentences, and more. The picture shows a highlighting strip being used for a sight word game that you can find in my RF1.4 and RF2.4 packs! Here is my affiliate link.
(Link: http://amzn.to/2idNdHE)


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
Finger lights! I saw this amazing idea in a SDE session that Miss Decarbo led. She had her students wear these on their fingers and they shined the light on the words they were reading. It is very similar to the witch fingers that are great tracking tools, but these add a new element of fun for the little students! Here is my affiliate link.
(Link: http://amzn.to/2hTqTXo)

Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
And another idea I saw the wonder Christina DeCarbo show many years ago is mini cars. What the students will do is take this mini car and start on the first word. As they read the sentence or passage, they will run the car along their sentence. When using these cars, it is very important to show the importance of the car continuously moving instead of the car stopping every word. They want to drive the car along the sentence! 
(Link: http://amzn.to/2h8EKrJ)


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom 
Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
A final wonderful tool that is absolutely necessary in your classroom is stopwatch timers. We used these for so much! We timed passages, sentences, sight word lists, word family lists, nonsense lists, and more! The students were able to time themselves and they were also able to time a partner. They're also vital for you if you want to use running records in your classroom. 
In the picture you can see my first grade students a few years ago timing themselves on a fluency center that can be found in my 1st grade centers pack. There is also a 2nd/3rd grade centers pack available. 
For a while I was using the timer on my smartphone, which works perfectly, but after 20 seconds, my phone screen shuts off. So I'd constantly have to touch my phone to make sure the screen didn't turn off, and if it did I had to shift my attention. So long story short- timers are incredible for fluency in the classroom. Here is my affiliate link!
(Link: http://amzn.to/2h8M4DL)