• Greetings, Students, Parents and Guardians!


    One of the components we are working on in reading intervention is fluency.  Struggling readers often spend a great deal of mental energy sounding out (decoding) the words on the page.   At times, their reading can sound robotic.  This robotic decoding means that they are not YET fluent readers.  As we continue to review and practice the phonetic rules, your child will be able to apply them with more ease.  In addition to these rules it is essential that they are able to recall all of their sight words.  When these skills come together they will start sounding more like fluent readers.


    Our classroom words per minute (WPM) goals:




    End of 6th


    End of 7th


    End of 8th



    We set this goal because we want all of our students to be within range, if not above the 50th percentile for reading fluency at the end of each academic year. 


    It is important to understand that not meeting this goal does not mean your child is not making progress.  It just means that we need to spend more time figuring out what areas of his or her reading skills need to be strengthened. But just like all muscles in our body, strength will only come with conditioning.  Practicing these skills is not only vital for your child’s academic success, but for their overall confidence. 


    You will see that I have posted a “Fluency Workbook” that covers reading levels from 1st to 6th grade.  Have your child practice a new passage each week. Listen to them read the passage aloud.  Mark the final word they read at the end of 60 seconds.  It would be beneficial to print two copies of this passage, one for your child and one for you.  On your copy, circle any word that is skipped or read incorrectly.  Put a / mark if they insert a word that is not in the passage.  Keep track of their nightly WPM and place them on a chart (sample below) where you can celebrate their progress!  Every Friday, if your child returns to school with their chart from the week, they will receive extra credit for their extra efforts.**


    As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at akelly@upperdarbysd.org.


    I also included a link to 300 of the most common sight words and different activities to practice these words.




    Name: _________________________          Week of:  ______________


    Passage Title: _________________________________________           







    # of Correct Words Per Minute (WPM)





    # of Errors







    Parent or Guardian Signature: _________________________________




    Sight Word Practice


    Here are three websites that I feel could help with sight word practice.

    There are many more if your child is looking to play a game on their electronic devices!!


    Sight word games and activities by grade level:



    Sight word lists broken down by grade level:




    Ideas to practice sight words:


    1. Make flash cards using index cards.
    2. Write the site words you are practicing using different color markers.
    3. Make a sight word crossword puzzle or word search.
    4. Play hangman using sight words.
    5. Look for sight words on street signs, trucks, or billboards while driving in the car.
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