7 + 1 Fun Activities to Easily Improve Student Writing Fluency

Hey there Teacher Friends! Welcome back! Have you heard the term “writing fluency” a lot lately? I have, and wanted to share some fun writing fluency activities with you.

Writing fluency is the writer’s ability to quickly and easily write down their thoughts for someone else to read. There is a lot that goes into writing fluency. Knowing what you want to write, what letters you need, and how to make those letters, grammar, and punctuation…. is a LOT! But, you can help your students improve their writing fluency daily in just a short amount of time.

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Activities that Improve Student Writing Fluency:

To improve their writing fluency, students need to write every day. The more writing, the better, but you have other things to do and teach! Most writing fluency activities can be done in 10-30 minutes.

Writing Fluency Activities: ABC Everday, Word Chaining, Dictation Sentences, Picture Prompts, Word Sprints, Classroom Writing Center, Sentence a Day, Non-Stop Writing
  1. abc Everyday: If you teach primary students (kindergarten through second grade) you should have your students practice writing the alphabet (lowercase) every day. This is a great activity for beginning your writing lesson for the day, for a calm activity after lunch, or anytime you have a few minutes. A paper and pencil is all that is needed. You could jazz it up with other writing materials as the year progresses. Give students 30 seconds to write as many letters as possible neatly, then stop. I always stress neatness over the number of letters written. You can also increase the time if you want to start and decrease as students become more fluent in writing the alphabet. I would usually have students do both the lowercase and the uppercase letters on Fridays.
  2. Word Chaining (If I can write…): Word chaining is practicing words with something in common, such as a word family. If I can spell cat, I can spell bat. Have students write the word at the top of their paper or whiteboard and underline the part that will remain the same for all the words. Then, say, “If I can spell cat, I can spell bat. Emphasize the b sound at the beginning. Students write “bat” on their paper or whiteboard, and we all spell it together so everyone writes the words correctly. I would gradually start to increase the difficulty of the words as we go. Try to throw in a few “hard ones” at the end for your high flyers. *Idea: Make the word chaining sheets into a journal. Then, your students can refer back to it if they need help during writing!
  3. Sentence Dictation: Here’s a sentence dictation activity that helps students write fluently. Use words you’re working on in class that students are familiar with. Remind them about capitals, periods, etc., and have them write the sentence. Review the sentence with them, and let them make corrections. Expand the activity by having students write a separate sentence about the same topic or using some of the same words. These sentences can be collected for a grade or used to show growth in writing.
  4. Picture Prompts: Using picture prompts can help students with ideas of topics to write about. While students are writing a draft, lower the emphasis on spelling and handwriting for students to get their ideas onto paper. Spelling and handwriting can be fixed in a later writing stage. Discussion and planning also play a role in writing fluency. Before writing their first draft, give your students time to discuss the pictures and their ideas with a partner or small group.
  5. Writing Whirlwind (Word Sprints): I suggest you do this activity with whiteboards. Students write a practice word at the top of the whiteboard, spelling it correctly. Then, set the timer for 30 seconds. Students will write the word as many times as possible in 30 seconds. The words have to be legible to count. Whoever wrote the word the most times wins! You could also look for the neatest writing, etc.
  6. Classroom Writing Center or Writing Stations: Having a great writing center in your classroom also motivates students to practice their writing. Letting students use the writing center when they finish their work, during inside recess, or at other times during the day is a great way to increase the amount of writing during the day. Make it enticing with fun writing utensils, sticker stories, stencils, and blank mini-books. These are all easy things you can add to your writing center to make it fun for your students.
  7. Sentence a Day: Another way to practice writing fluency that doesn’t take a lot of time is Sentence a Day. Focus on one skill a week, such as adding details. Then, every day that week, students write and share a sentence a day practicing that skill. Collect their papers on Friday for a writing grade, to save for a writing portfolio, or to share with parents at parent conferences. This is also a great way to show writing growth and practice writing fluency!

+1. Word Wizard Workout (non-stop writing): Build your students’ writing fluency with a little writing stamina. Set a timer and let your students write as much as possible (30 seconds is a good place to start). Give your students a topic or prompt if you have several of the “I don’t know what to write about” crew. If they can’t think of anything to write about that topic, have them write a word or sentence repeatedly. The important part is to write continuously for that time. Gradually increase the time as the year goes on!

Writing fluency will benefit the students in many ways. Having students write daily is an important part of building writing fluency! I hope you found some fun, easy-to-implement writing activities for your classroom.

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