Digital Fluency Passages and Word Sorts for Google Classroom

Distance Learning

My fluency passages have gone digital! I also added an interactive word sort! Today I’m going to share with you why I created this resource, why I added the word sorts, and how you can use this resource in your classroom!

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Our begining readers need daily practice segmenting words, reading sights, and developing reading fluency. Each passage  in this bundle focuses on a specific phonics skill and gives students the opportunity to apply that skill and practice the phonics pattern in the context of reading for comprehension. While in the classroom, I loved using these passages during guided reading groups. My students learned the phonics skill, they highlighted or painted all of the words with the patterns, and they read the passage over and over until they were fluent. Also… the passages are silly and loved listening to their laughs!

Now that I’m teaching from home, I needed a way for my students to continue to learn and apply new phonics skills. SO…. I decided to go digital! Here’s the perks of the digital version…

  • Students drag and drop to underline all of the words with the phonics pattern.
  • If students need help decoding words, they can click on the microphone and each story is READ TO THEM. This gives them the opportunity to hear the story read fluently so they can practice until they are fluent. Last week I asked a few students to record themselves!
  • The passages are created in Google Slides. You can use th67em with your google drive or assign them in your Google Classroom.

These passages cover vowel teams, r-controlled vowels, digraphs, CVCe, blends, and cvc words. They come in a bundle or you can find each phonics skill separately. You can find the bundle HERE.

Each phonics skill also comes with a word sort activity.

Why digital word sorts?

As a first grade teacher, my goal is for my students to become fluent readers and writers. I need them to have quick recognition of words so that they can focus their attention on making meaning. When my students have the opportunity to compare and contrast words they begin to look for phonics patterns and regularities within the words. Once a phonics pattern is learned, they can apply what they have learned to spell and read unknown words. Word sorts give my students the opportunity to construct a meaningful understanding of how words work.

In the classroom I like to hide words all around the room. My students love going on word hunts. Even during this time of distance learning I’ve had my students look for different words with phonics patterns throughout their house… in books, magazines, recipes… you name it. I have them sort the words in a journal and then read the words to a pet, stuffed animal, or family member. Another way I’ve had my students recognize and sort words is throughout these digital word sorts…

And there you have it…. Fluency Passages and Word Sorts… Perfect for teaching from home!!! You can click on the titles to find each resource…

Stay SAFE! I know this is an entirely new way of teaching! I’m sending all of the positive vibes your way!



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