Learning to read is a huge process and definitely doesn’t happen overnight. We have fun learning to read through games, activities, songs, and most of all, exposure and practice! One way we build up our reading fluency while working on our comprehension too is through our fluency and comprehension passages. These are great for kids who have a good start on their sight words and simple sentences, but are working on putting it all together!
Fluency and Comprehension Passages
Kids are usually familiar with the term “Show and Tell,” and my kids know that means they get to bring something from home, show us, and tell us about it! So the name for these fluency passages seemed fitting and was something they could relate to.
Telling them we are working on “show and tell” stories caught their attention, and now they know exactly what they are!
Each of the 40 passages has a short, simple story containing sight words and either CVC or CVCe words (there are 20 passages for each) depending on what your child needs.
After reading the story, they must “show” the story by illustrating it. This is one way to check comprehension. Are they able to decide on what would make sense in the drawing based on what they read?
This also makes it engaging for kids, especially those who love to draw or color!
After showing the story through a drawing, they must “tell” about the story by answering a simple question. This is a great opportunity to work with kids on answering in complete sentences. This can be a tricky skill, so you can decide what you require of them depending on what they are ready for.
It is a great thing to practice together and will be valuable for them as they move onto higher grades. For example, when responding to “What color is my new bed?” Instead of simply writing “green” you can work with your students on writing “My new bed is green” as a complete sentence.
Grab your Set of Fluency and Comprehension Passages
Ready to build reading fluency, comprehension, and confidence too? Grab your set of reading passages over in our Teachers Pay Teachers store HERE. Then, for more fluency building, check out our fluency passages for early readers or word family emergent reader books.
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