Struggling readers know they struggle – and it is no fun.
But using fun activities for reading fluency practice with Valentine’s Day Pyramid Sentences can be a game-changer!
I know you’ve been there when one of your sweet, but struggling readers is on the verge of tears because it is such a struggle to read grade-level content.
Instead of our young readers dreading the practice – they will ask for it!
Practicing fluency using pyramid sentences is effective for readers of all ages – as long as the content is appropriate for their reading level.
How to Use Pyramid Sentences
I love to use pyramid sentence practice in small guided groups for the maximum effect.
Before we begin, I assess each student’s fluency rate by using a timed reading of the entire paragraph.
Then, I pass out the cards to each student in the group (including myself). They love it when I participate but it is also a great way to demonstrate what fluent reading sounds like.
However, there is lots of fun involved. Reading these sentences can make your tongue tie up and it definitely breaks the tension of reading aloud! I think this is why my readers love it.
Benefits of Fluency Practice
There are several benefits for readers and teachers who spend small group time practicing fluency with these pyramid sentences.
1. Students gain confidence in their ability to read fluently.
2. Teachers can see where students are struggling. For example, a student who cannot decode a three-letter blend such as -str or -shr. Additionally, some students do not know that -tion is pronounced shun.
Identifying decoding problems can help you strategically intervene with that student or students.
1. If your students need help with two and three-letter blends, use these flashcards each day until they can fluently pronounce the sounds. This is an activity that can be done in a small group or with a partner.
2. One intervention that I have found to be successful if a student is able to decode sounds, but still struggles with reading sentences fluently is to have them practice reading these short common phrases: in a while, some of the people, and they did go.
Again, you will want them to practice daily for maximum effect.
More information about using fluency pyramid sentences are in this post.
This fun and engaging fluency pyramid sentences resource with a Valentine’s theme is just what those struggling readers need to give them the confidence to keep working hard at reading!
Plus – reading fluency practice has never been this fun before and now you can have this resource in both print and digital! Distance learners can practice their fluency too!
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