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Fluency Task Cards | Figurative Language | Science of Reading




Dive into the science of reading and practice oral reading fluency with this set of 32 fluency task cards! These short fluency passages were designed to help students become comfortable and confident reading 10 types of figurative language. Reading text with a great deal of figurative language can be challenging and feel unnatural for students. These carefully designed texts are the perfect way for upper elementary students to practice these skills.

Science of Reading: The science of reading recommends explicit fluency practice with connected texts in the upper grades. These fluency task cards are perfect for this! These texts are not decodables and should be used with upper elementary students, specifically working on fluency. These texts have many multisyllabic words, affixes, complex sentences, and more.

Which types of figurative language can be found in these task cards?

  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Hyperbole
  • Personification
  • Alliteration
  • Onomatopeia
  • Idiom
  • Allusion
  • Oxymoron
  • Puns

Why are these task cards so great?

I have found that there are many resources available to practice fluency with long passages. I began creating the original fluency task cards to give students manageable oral reading fluency practice. My students have done so well with them that I just keep creating more for their specific needs!

How can I use these reading fluency task cards in my upper elementary classroom?

You can use them in a variety of ways. I had each of my students read each card three times (repeated readings) in an independent reading center (I happened to have a parent volunteer monitoring this center on that particular day). I have also had students read the cards to each other, taking turns, in an independent center. I also had a teacher use them to do a quick reading warm up, giving each student a card, and having him or her read it out loud to the entire class. You can use these 32 different times for warm ups, giving students a different card each time!

What's included in this set of figurative language fluency task cards?

  • 32 printable reading fluency task cards (try printing on heavy paper and laminate for use year after year)
  • Recording sheet to monitor student progress
  • A digital version in Google Slides – perfect for paperless practice!

Grade Level: Ideal for grades 3 and up.

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