Great Fluency Resource

A lot of my students struggle with fluency on top of their struggle with reading. Although most of them are able to pick apart a word based on learning reading strategies, they still struggle with their fluency when reading a passage out loud. On top of decoding, I have been using a fluency program my county has adopted and I have been loving it (and so have my kids).

The program is called Great Leaps and focuses on Phonics, Phrases (SIGHT WORDS), and Passages. Now this program does not teach students how to “crack the code” when reading, it is strictly fluency based. Here is the best part… it literally takes less than 5 minutes to do each student!

I just go to their classrooms with my teacher binder and their student binders and pull them out for 5 minutes to complete. I get my data, and their reading gets better. WIN-WIN!

All my students that have fluency goals….. CHECKED OFF THE LIST. It’s a beautiful thing….

Example of a Student Binder
Dividers made out of cardstock and tabs for each section
Everything I need in the binder to complete the readings and collect the data – Ready to go!

Please note: I am in no way affiliated with Great Leaps – I just wanted to tell you about this because I know as a special educator I am CONSTANTLY trying to find things to use to help my students meet their goals that are research based. This program is CHEAP and easy to use, and it works! I use the resources for grades 3-5, but they offer a K-2 program as well.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


  1. Sarah Eager on February 27, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Thank you for sharing!! My students struggle with fluency too and it is exhausting to progress monitor it. Where can you get this program? Is it something your district purchased or yourself?

    The Eager Teacher

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    • Mrs. Dixon on February 27, 2013 at 2:57 am

      Sarah, my district purchased the program; however, it is very affordable for the products. All that is needed is a teacher binder and a student binder. If you wanted it, I would contact your county special education head to see if they would be interested in purchasing a set for you or maybe even your district. Very worth it! I think for you to purchase the set yourself it is around $100. Hope that helps!

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