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Fluency folders



Does anyone use fluency folders? What do they contain, and what do they look like? I would like to incorporate them into my classroom, but I don't know where to begin. Thanks in advance!


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fluency folders?

are they a program or just something you've heard people do?

i would imagine (depending on grade level) they contain sight words, sight word phrases, maybe some passages to read with various expressions...

sounds interesting, i'd like to hear more--we're always looking for ways to improve our 6th grade fluency. (especially since we're judged on how many Words Per Minute they can read.) :confused:


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My fluency folders

In my classroom I do a fluency lesson everyday. It may be phrases, poems, word wizard activity ect.
I make 6 extra copies and put them in the folders that stay on a special shelf.
I cant handle everyone having one, and I like the idea that the kids take their poems ect home. So this works well with me.

Mrs. O

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I would love to hear more

I looked up Fluency Folders online, but I couldn't really tell what type of activities were involved and it said something about timing the children and then scoring it on a sheet. Are fluency folders sort of like literacy bags, but in a folder?


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Fluency is reading with a good rhythm and oral reading rate. It is also a vocabulary building activity.

I went to a work shop by Timothy Raskinsk ( "The Fluent Reader" )
and he stressed that many children just do not get the chance to read. So he suggested poems, songs, and choral readings to do as a group. The next thing he stressed is vocabulary. He said many children are just not exposed to many different words. So I do a vocabulary building lesson (from one of his books but could be done with any word) and then I have made a page of words that make compound words. FOr example place, man, hose ____ (answer would be fire)
I have 12 of these on a page, and this exposes my children to 48 new words.
The last suggestion of Rasinski was to make a word board/poster. This is not your traditional word wall. This is a place to put wonderful new words that you discover in your reading and other places. Many of ours come from the compound word wizard pages (for example :bookkeeper/they thought this would be a librarian, and cheesecloth)

So my fluency is about 20 minutes a day.
1st is a one minute timed reading passage with the children recording their own results. On Friday I have some basic questions that go with the passage.
Then Tuesday-Thursday I do a poem, word wizard, vocabulary page, song, or choral reading. This is what goes into my fluency folders.
Then my students can go and get something familiar to read at any time that is a quick read.

I hope this helps and does cause even more confusion.
YOu could always look up Timothy Rasinski and read about his views on fluency. :)

Mrs. O

Senior Member
Question for javamomma

I am just curious, do you make up your own worksheets or do they come with a certain curiculium (sp?) package? Do you decide what passage the children will score and read on their own? What information would a score sheet include?

I looked up Timothy Raskinsk, as you suggested, and I will read more on him, but I thought if you would be willing to elaborate a little that might be helpful too. Also, do you think it is too late in the year to start the folders?

Thank you so much


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I do not have a set curriculum(sp?? as well!! )

There are packages that can be purchased but I have just created my own.
The reading fluency passages are actually from an old reading series workbook. I just enlarged the passage. Then I knew for sure it was on grade level. All children read the same passage regardless of reading level. Faster readers can get through it twice on some passages. Our state standards have 110 words per minute for 3rd grade as an oral reading rate (for mid year) so that is our benchmark that everyone is going for. I do have some students that think fluency means being an auctioneer, and I have to stop and correct them :rolleyes:

For the recording sheet, it is just a simple bar graph sheet that can be colored in for every day. I have it big enough for 3 weeks.
It is done in 5 word incriments.

I would think any practice would be helpful. Also get your feet wet and see if you would like to do it next year.


Reading Literacy Coach

Fluency folders are basically what they sound like...usually folders which include fluency lessons. They are used to enhance and develop the students' fluency. Remember, fluency is not just rapid word calling, but also prosody, expression, etc. Anyway, my teachers use fluency folders from grades K-3. K fluency is primarily a folder for each child with all the letters randomly placed on a sheet. Rapid call of the letter name and letter to sound linking is expected. These are done by the teacher or paraprofessional in the classroom. 1-3 use fluency folders in different ways. Some have folders for each child, some have only 5-6 fluency folders which are placed in their stations (ONLY after the students have had it modeled to them by the teacher!!!). Teacher must show how to use these folders. They may contain reading passages with a graph sheet for graphing results. This is done with a partner. They re-read the passage 3 times each day, graphing their results and watching progress. There's a little more to doing this however than just assigning a partner. That will take a lot more space. But the reply which referred to FCRR is a good one. They are a Reading First state...all activities are research based, made out for you....just run off and color or laminate.