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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fluency warm-up cards - first three get 'em free!

Happy fall my Kindergarten blog friends! :) I do love this time of year, especially in the Kindergarten classroom. Pumpkins, turkeys, colorful leaves, cool recess weather... the kids love it all! I've been MIA on the blog, mostly due to the time spent on a technology presentation I helped plan, create, and give to our school board. I plan to post on what I shared in the presentation later this week.

I've been thinking a lot this year about fluency. In particular, how do we build fluency in students who are still at the emergent reading phase? This year, I have a class filled almost exclusively with beginning readers. Which is great! But it is different than the wider range of readers I have typically had in years past - including students who enter Kindergarten reading on a 2nd grade level! Fluency can (and should) still be taught with our newbie readers - it just looks different than it does when working with established readers.
I wanted some handy, easy to grab-and-go, fluency warm-up cards or pages for the students to use at the beginning of Guided Reading. I printed them 2-sided on cardstock and laminated them. They live in the chair pockets on the chairs at teacher table, so students can get them out quickly, grab a fun reading finger, and get busy! I can lean in and listen to students one-at-time and assess/assist as necessary.
There are 8 pages... Letter Names & Sounds (in random order), High Frequency Words, 2-letter VC Words, CVC Words, CVCe Words, Words with Blends, Words with Digraphs, and Words with Bonus Letters (twin consonants). You will be able to use these cards every year with all levels of readers! They would be great for 1st grade readers, too! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Primary-Fluency-Warm-Up-Cards-969660
My students love these because they can challenge themselves to read the WHOLE page! You can also time students and have them set goals for improving. I also like using these to pre-teach word patterns that appear in the books we will read during guided reading that day. And of course, what else do you need to make fluency FUN!?? Reading fingers!!  
I collect more and more of these each year. So motivating for the students - and most are pretty cheap, too. My 3 favorites are available on Amazon.  (Click on the finger titles to see them for sale on Amazon!)
(Surprisingly cheap - $8.76 for 48 of 'em) 

If you'd like these Fluency Warm-Up Cards, they are $1.75 and for sale here at TPT.  If you follow my blog, leave a comment below!  The first 3 followers to comment will get these cards for FREE!  Make sure to leave your email address in the comment, and I'll send them over asap!  :)


  1. I would ADORE them! Thanks so much!
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. Thank you so much! So useful!

  3. These would be so helpful...what a great idea! Stephanie@poronsky.com

  4. I am your newest follower. Seems like I am always just a little too late. These are great though!
    Michelle (mmorrow@lexington1.net)

    1. I'll send them your way Michelle! :) I'm a sucker for a follower! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I'm a new follower and LOVE those finger lights--My kids would love to use them with sight words, nonsense words, etc. Did you get them on Amazon?

    1. Yes! If you click on the title "FINGER LIGHTS" above the picture in the blog post, it will take you straight to Amazon where you can buy them. :)

  6. These look great Nora. :)