Something new that I started doing this year was to time the students on word lists each week. I created lists of words to go along with our phonics skill for the week. On Monday, I time each student while he/she reads the list. I do this mostly during morning work time, restroom breaks, or when a child finishes something early, but sometimes I have to finish up during small group time. I record their time on their list and send it home for them to practice during the week. I also keep track of each student's time on my class list as well. Then on Friday, I time each student again. They LOVE to see if they can beat their score. Here are what the lists look like:
In the box, I would write somthing like, Jack's time on November 11th was 1 min. 32 sec.
Here is the class list where I keep track of the pre and post times.
I'd love to hear if you downloaded these and found them useful :)