One of the most important skills we practice with beginning readers is reading short vowel words with fluency. Fluency is the ability to read text quickly and accurately. When students gain an understanding of word families, and start to see “chunks” in words, they become better readers.
Instead of sounding out each phoneme, or sound, in the word, they are able to transfer what they know about “chunks” and apply it to their reading. Reading short vowel words is a great way for your students to practice reading accurately and fluently!
Reading Fluency Practice
Here are some ways we practice reading short vowel words. We use these activities during literacy centers and guided reading groups. They follow the same format for each short vowel so my students now exactly what to do every time we introduce a new vowel sound.
I put together some word family fluency practice to help my kiddos practice reading word family words. I grouped all the word family words on a ring for my students to flip through and practice reading.
The word family “chunks” are color coded to help your students see each chunk. They will eventually recognize that “at” says /at/ and they won’t need to sound out each letter every time.
These cards can also be copied onto colored paper to help differentiate each word family! Some words also begin with blends when your readers are ready to practice that skill.
Roll and Read Practice
We also work on our reading fluency with these roll and read pages. I keep the word family pages in sheet protectors and place them all in a 3-ring binder. I pull the binder out when we have time at the end of our reading groups. This would be great quick practice before starting your reading groups as well!
In our classroom, we love to use the large foam dice from the Dollar Tree because large dice makes any game fun!
I introduced this game during guided reading groups. My students took turns rolling the dice, finding the matching number on the paper, and touching each word as they read it. Some of these students, who knew 0 letters and 0 sounds at the beginning of kindergarten were reading like champs!! #happyteacher
We call this the “dice game” so that there’s less pressure when we’re learning how to read. It’s just a game, after all! Here’s a short video of one of my students demonstrating how to play the game. Since we were just working on the “at” family words, we only used that mat. As we learn more word families, we use more!
You can grab the at family fluency to try in your classroom by clicking the link below!
You can also find the rest of the fluency families short vowels words in my store!
Reading Words in Sentences
After working on our word family fluency, we moved onto reading those words in sentences! Again, I grouped all the word family words on rings for my students to flip through. They are color coded as well.
The sentence strips can also be copied onto colored paper to help differentiate each word family.
The word family words are paired with common sight words to help my students practice reading simple sentences.
Roll and Read Sentences
The sentences are also included on a roll and read page so we can play the “dice game” with our sentences too.
You can also find these Fluency Families Words in Sentences in my TpT store.
Reading Long Vowel Words
Are your students ready to practice reading long vowel words? Check out these resources to help!
- Reading Fluency Long Vowel Words
- Reading Fluency Long Vowel Words in Sentences
- Long Vowels Reading Fluency Passages