After our CBM testing (anyone else use that?!), Rebecca and I noticed that some of our precious kiddos were struggling with their fluency. Everything they read...was...so....slow. (Like what I did there? hehe). Well after some searching we found these wonderful fry phrases. At first, I had my kiddos reading each group of words. But that was a bit boring. Don't get me wrong, the kiddos were doing great, but it didn't have that something extra. So Rebecca and I brainstormed and we decided we would shrink the words, print on golden cardstock, laminate and find a fry container and something to put the fries in!
Brilliant! So we found this cute fry container clipart from DJ Inkers (but you could easily use a real one too!) and we laminated it then cut a slit at the base of the fries. We put a snack baggie behind it (it is just small enough to let the fries poke through the slit). Then we made a mouth, because, well, who doesn't love eating fries?! Rebecca put hers on top of a bowl, I made a brown paper bag. Both have worked out great and we have sooo many students who want to do engage in this activity! We have students pull a fry, read the words, and then feed it to the mouth (adding a fun sound like, "yum" "mmmm" or "num, num, num" also puts a smile on the students' faces!) Love it!
What do you do to help build your struggling readers' fluency?
~ Katie and Rebecca