I have been working on this little set for a while now and testing it on my son and my students. It's a keeper! I am always looking for things that will work for my beginning readers as you've probably gathered by now. I'm so excited to show you this new set of activities that I use for guided reading with my kinders and with my son, Shawn.
I made some short, simple stories (as in one long sentence stories). Believe it or not, these one-two sentence stories have a character, an event, and most have dialogue. I have my students "whisper read" them, using their strategies to read accurately. Then I have them reread them a few times for fluency and to work on expression with the dialogue and stopping at punctuation. Of course, this is at the basic level, so it's not perfect, but I think it's so important to introduce and model this skill anyway. After reading, they can spin the story spinner to answer questions about their mini story. Comprehension...check. fluency... check. using strategies to read accurately... check. Gaining confidence... hopefully check!
In the picture above, he is pointing out who the character was in the text.
Here the student is underlining what the character is saying.
Here are all the short story fluency cards included in this pack:
This pack also has four prediction cards:
My favorite might be these sequencing cards. Each "story" has four cards. Students read the cards and put them in order.
My son was all about this!
...So I made a few others:
Each color is a different "story".
I love using fluency sentence strips. It gives students an opportunity to practice reading sight words, sounding out words, and using picture clues. These are perfect for my newest readers.
I made two version: easier with dots and slightly harder without dots:
Shawn's favorite was the sight word spin. He loved going through and mastering each list. When he read a column correctly, he could color in a smile.
I included a blank one, so you could write any words that your students needed to work on. Here, I wrote the same 5 words, but in different order, in each column. I slide these pages into a plastic page protector so I can write using white board pen, then erase when I'm done.
If you are looking for activities to spice up your guided reading groups for those beginning readers, you can find these activities here:
You might also like these two spring kindergarten packs:
I bundled all three of these together for the ultimate kindergarten reading spring resource!
Want a chance to win this bundle with ALL three sets? I'm giving away a set here and on my Facebook page. In the meantime, I'll put this on sale. :)