......and let's not get started on their fluency assessments. It was bad. Each month I give a one minute fluency assessment. Usually I see TONS of growth. But, I did a few yesterday and decided I should just stop. They were still suffering from WBB. Hopefully we'll be back in the groove next week and I'll see better gains....fingers crossed!
I have some REAL lowbies in my class..... I'm talking 3 words per minute with 10% accuracy while reading a Kindergarten passage. Keep in mind, we're first graders. YIKES. I knew I had my work cut out for me. Instead of drilling their poor little brains, I decided to make Reading fun.
I started out the year with just one cvc word on each card. We used these to warm-up in Reading group. We played BAM! (some people call it BANG!) with the cards. After over 3 months of playing that game, my students STILL love it. I try to change it up every couple of weeks - new words, new pictures on the cards, harder words. Now, those students who were reading 3 words per minute with 10% accuracy are making progress! They are getting faster and more accurate. :) Yay!
I used this ALL THE TIME last month and they couldn't get enough. The best part was my higher readers got to play the same game - instead of just a cvc word on the card, they had sentences. Tricky!
Sadly, Christmas is over and I need to move on. :( So, I made this!
If you're interested in checking these Fluency Cards out, just click the picture!
I can't wait to print them out and laminate them. The absolute best part will be seeing how excited my students get when they get the new cards! :)