One of the best things about teaching 1st grade is experiencing those little 6 and 7 year olds becoming fluent readers. It is just amazing how they go from stretching out one sound at a time to reading sentences and stories.
I used to think fluency practice was only for "readers," but now I know that fluency work starts right from the beginning. Children need to be fluent in knowing their letters and letter sounds as well.
Since I have a huge variety of levels in my classroom, I wanted to create a packet that would allow me to differentiate my fluency instruction and practice.
I created Fluency Fun for Everyone, which includes fluency practice for learning the names of letters, letter sounds, sight words, simple sentences and fluency phrases.
I also included a Comprehension Check for my students that are ready to practice fluency with longer passages. I have found that many times, students become very fluent readers and then they forget what they are reading about. This gets them to think about they're reading.