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Fluency with Letters and Sounds

Today was a short day at school.  We were dismissed early and will not have school tomorrow due to Sandy.  Being in the northeast, we luckily we have emergency days built into our school year for snowstorms and other emergencies.  Who knew we would use the some of those days for hurricanes two years in a row?  Good news is that it has given me time to let you know what I've been up to!!

I have mentioned in previous posts that my district has adopted and implemented AIMSweb for the first time this year.  Through this assessment, many of my firsties showed weaknesses in both Letter Naming Fluency (LNF) and Letter Sound Fluency (LSF).  For those of you who are not familiar with the assessment, the students are presented with rows of random upper and lower case letters and are asked to name as many letters as they can in one minute for LNF, or as many sounds as they can in one minute for LSF.

LNF and LSF does not tell me what letters and sounds my students know or continue to need more practice with.  To help learn more about this, I also assessed them with my
I found that they did know most of their letters and sounds.  When I put the results of the two assessments together, it showed me that they need extra practice naming their letters and producing their sounds automatically and fluently.  
As a reading teacher, my time with students is limited.  So in addition to providing instruction to my firsties, I also want to provide them with some time for extra fluency practice.  The first few minutes of my intervention time is devoted to practicing this fluency through a quick activity, depending on the day of the week.  
Here is what I have started to do:
Here are some examples of quick activities I do each day:
On Move it Monday, I generally play a quick game where the students are moving game pieces or their bodies.  For example, games like 
and

On Time it Tuesday I have been using my 
I just updated this pack to include a combination of upper and lower case letters.  

For One Breath Wednesday, a wonderful colleague and I created several little ticket-sized boxes with two rows of letters.  My students select their "ticket" and then read each line in one breath. 
Totally unrelated to letters and sounds, I wanted to share with you that we created these tickets after downloading and using Donna Coleman's fabulous "One Breath Boxes" for sight words! 

For Throw it Thursday we will play 
This is a brand new pack that I just uploaded to TPT.  I included two versions for the months of October, November December.

Flip it Friday is usually done with some type of alphabet letter cards.  I have many different sets with different themes, so they are "new" to the kiddos almost each and every time.  I quickly flip through the pile for my students to name the letters or produce the sounds as quickly as they can.

Hopefully these quick daily speed drills will help my firsties increase their automaticity and fluency with their letters and sounds!  What are some activities you do to help promote these skills?

And for those of you who are also affected by Sandy, my thoughts and prayers are with you!  Stay safe!

4 comments:

  1. Hi. I was wondering how things are in your area. Here in Buffalo we are just getting rain and some high winds. School closed today due to concerns of power outages and flooding (since it has been raining here since friday night!) But so far,so good in my area (just north of Buffalo)
    I love all your daily literacy idea. I especially like the Turkey Trot game. I might have to add that to my wish list on TpT!

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    1. Hi Sarah! The storm was rather mild in comparison to other locations. There were some power outages due to the wind. Some schools in the area were closed for the same reason as yours.
      Hope all is going well with you! Can you send me your email address? Thanks!

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  2. I really like this routine you use! I'll be sure to pass it on to our reading specialists for a suggestion. I'll have to look into this for my firsties who still need that letter and sound practice. Thanks!
    Shibahn
    www.landoflearning.wordpress.com

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