First Grade
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Fluent Easy Readers

Fluent Easy Readers contain more complex ideas, extended episodes and action and more advanced vocabulary. Many of the fluent titles are part of a series, which means children can enjoy a favorite character over and over in different books.

Children at the fluent reading level will:
  • Be able to decode longer, multi-syllabic words
  • Read chapter books and comprehend most or all of the story
  • Ask the meaning of an unknown word and usually remember it for future use
  • Read aloud expressively and smoothly, using punctuation and sounding like they are speaking

Activities to do at home:
  • Check out a new genre of books like a graphic novel (comic style) to capture the attention of a fluent reader. Spice it up with adventure and drama and you’ll have a hit that captures everybody’s attention. Fun and engaging graphics are accentuated with effective text bubbles to tell this tales of adventure, fun, and excitement.
  • Encourage your child to read longer books. Encourage your child to read lengthier stories such as books in a series because they use more in-depth comprehension strategies; the shared characters, settings, and events support their reading development. At this stage, children will develop strategies to figure out most words, but continue to need help with understanding increasingly more difficult text.
  • Expose your child to other reading materials such as non-fiction books and magazines. Non-Fiction or informational texts provide a new set of vocabulary, and skills for readers. It allows your child to learn about a particular topic and learn words associated with that specific event or book.

Books at the fluent level are identified with a blue label on the spine. Many of the fluent books also have red dot stickers, indicating they are chapter books, which is an important milestone for many fluent readers.

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