Fluency Practice

I love that I am able to have several ipads in my ELL classroom. This enables me to use them during center time.

My favorite new thing to use them for is to help my students work on reading fluency.

This week we’ve been practicing what reading fluently sounds like. We’ve also been using a student friendly rubric that I created.

Fluency Rubric

The students use the free app called Educreations. They take a photo of their fluency passage (from a book, worksheet, magazine, etc) and then they’re able to record themselves reading the passage.


The student is then able to save it to my personal “account” and then they can listen back to themselves and fill out the rubric. I like them to do read one on Monday, and then they practice with a partner on Tuesday through Thursday. On Friday they do their second read. This enables us to compare both reads.

Here’s an example: http://www.educreations.com/lesson/view/aileen/10949972/?s=QR8DKx&ref=link

(Not going to lie, I cannot figure out how to embed that into this post….if you know how, please share!)

I like it because I can then go back and listen to ALL of my students fluency reads at one time while seeing what they were reading. In the past, I’ve had the students record themselves using voice recorder, but then I have to keep track by uploading them onto a computer, and keep track of paper copies of what each student read.

Anyone have any other tips that would help the kids enjoy practicing fluency?


Teacher Tech: What I’m Doing

One way that I’m using technology in my ELL classroom is for my planning.

I use my ipad almost daily to access the Common Core App and the app that is available for our reading series where I can access teachers guides for all grade levels.

 Common Core App



When I am setting up centers for my students, I will purposely pick apps that are appropriate for each students English ability level. My favorite apps to use during centers include:


Futaba – I love this app because I can create my own flash cards, so it can easily be geared for any skill or ability level. There is a free version to try out, but I bought the paid version ($6.99) because I found it so helpful, and the kids loved the competition.


Montessori Crossword – This app is so useful because it really hits phonics skills. I also appreciate that I can target a specific phonics skill (blends, long vowels, short vowels, etc). This app is $2.99.

Montessori Crossword

Sight Word by Photo Touch – Pretty self explanatory. The kids are not entertained for long, but I like that I can have several students playing this at once (with headphones) and I’m still able to identify who is getting them wrong or right. This app is free!

Sight Words by Photo Touch

Classroom Organizer – This app is actually a classroom library organizer. Since I have kids in two buildings checking out books, I had to find an easy way to keep track of who had what. While this isn’t perfect, it’s free.

Classroom Organizer


Does anyone have any favorite apps that they use regularly in their rooms?