Our school has focused on teaching fluency this year. If students can't read fluently then taking standardized tests is a terrible experience (I know it's not fun if you can read either, but it's much worse when you can't)!
As a special education teacher I have watched frustrated students skip the reading and fill in answers, try to read and give up, and even seen them in tears because they felt so bad about not being able to read the test.
It is very hard to motivate someone to read for pleasure or enjoy a book when they struggle so much to read the simplest books.
So while I still focus on comprehension during mini lessons my biggest goal is to help my students become good readers so that they can actually read the passages they are expected to read on tests, and more importantly to me they can learn to enjoy reading!
My brand new January Fluency Packet includes six activities that can be used in small group or centers to help students practice their fluency!
All you need are some fun pointers and timers to get your kids practicing reading! All the passages and phrases are about winter fun! My students have loved using them this week! If your students need to practice their fluency then come on over to my TPT store and pick up this package it's on $4.50!! You can get there by clicking on any of the pictures above.
Stop by my blog for a freebie from this pack!!