Grade Level Fluency Goals
1st Grade 80 Words Correct Per Minute
2nd 140 WCPM
Use the Free PDF fluency drills below for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. This is a small sample from my Eclectic Speller that the students use to have fun reading and build reading fluency. Sample Reading Fluency Drills all grades
Fluency Drills 1st Grade
Fluency Drill 1st Grade
Do you see Nell?Yes; she has a pan with some eggs in it.
Let me have the pan and the eggs, will you, Nell?
Has the black hen left the nest?
I will now run to catch Rob. Will you run, too? 43
Oh Ben! let me get in, will you?
Yes, if you will sit still.
Stand still, Jill, and let Ann get in.
Now, Ben, hand me the whip.
Get up, Jill!75
Kitty has a nice pet. It can sing a sweet song.
She has just fed it.
She will now put it in the cage,
and hang the cage up. Then the cat can
not catch it. 111
Look at Tom and his dog.
The dog has a black spot on his back.
Do you think he is a good dog?
Tom has a big top, too. It is on the box with Kitty's doll. 149
Fluency Drill 1st Grade
The sun is up.The man has fed the black hen and the fat duck.
Now the duck will swim in the pond. The hen has run to her nest.
Let us not stop at the pond now, for it is hot.
See how still it is! We will go to see Tom and his top. 52
O John! the sun has just set. It is not hot, now.
Let us run and jump. I think it is fun to run, and skip, and jump.
See the duck on the pond! Her nest is up on the bank, under the rock.
We must not touch the nest, but we may look at it. 109
The sun has set, and the pond is still.
John, Ned, Ben, Tom, and Nell stand on the bank, and look at the duck.
The dog with a black spot on his back, is with Tom. See! Tom has his hat
in his hand. He has left his big top on the box.
Kitty's doll is on the rock. Nell has put her pet in the cage. It will
sing a sweet song. The duck has her nest under the rock. 191
It is not hot now. Let us run, and skip, and jump on the bank. Do you not
think it is fun? 214
Fluency Drill 1st Grade
The old cow is in the pond: see her drink!
Will she not come out to get some grass?
No, Tom, she likes to be in the pond. See how still she stands!
The dear old cow gives us sweet milk to drink. 43
Papa, will you let me ride with you on Prince? I will sit still in your arms.
See, mamma! We are both on Prince. How large he is!
Get up, Prince! You are not too fat to trot as far as the barn.
Did you call us, mamma? 92
I went with Tom to the pond. I had my doll, and Tom had his flag.
The fat duck swam to the bank, and we fed her.
Did you think we might fall into the pond?
We did not go too near, did we, Tom?
May we go to the swing, now, mamma? 148
EVENING AT HOME. 1. It is winter. The cold wind whistles through the branches of the trees. 2. Mr. Brown has done his day's work, and his children, Harry and Kate, have come home from school. They learned their lessons well to-day, and both feel happy. 42 3. Tea is over. Mrs. Brown has put the little sitting room in order. The fire burns brightly. One lamp gives light enough for all. On the stool is a basket of fine apples. They seem to say, "Won't you have one?"85 4. Harry and Kate read a story in a new book. The father reads his newspaper, and the mother mends Harry's stockings. 107 5. By and by, they will tell one another what they have been reading about, and will have a chat over the events of the day. 134 6. Harry and Kate's bedtime will come first. I think I see them kiss their dear father and mother a sweet good night. 158 7. Do you not wish that every boy and girl could have a home like this? 175 BUBBLES. 1. The boys have come out on the porch to blow bubbles. The old cat is asleep on the mat by the door. 2. "Ha! ha!" laughs Robert, as a bubble comes down softly on the old cat's back, and does not burst. 42 3. Willie tries to make his bubble do the same. This time it comes down on the cat's face, and makes her sneeze. 66 4. "She would rather wash her face without soap," says Harry. "Now let us see who can make the biggest bubble." 88 5. "Mine is the biggest," says Robert. "See how high it floats in the air! I can see--ah! it has burst." 111 6. "I can see the house and the trees and the sky in mine," says Willie; "and such beautiful colors." 132 7. "How many, Willie?" 8. "Red, one; blue, two; there--they are all out. Let us try again." 151 9. "I know how many colors there are," says Harry. "Just as many as there are in the rainbow." 171 10. "Do you know how many that is?" 180 TWO DOGS. 1. James White has two dogs. One is a Newfoundland dog, and the other is a Scotch terrier. 2. The Newfoundland is a large, noble fellow. He is black, with a white spot, and with long, shaggy hair. His name is Sport. 41 3. Sport is a good watchdog, and a kind playfellow. Every night he guards the house while James and his father are asleep. 65 4. In the daytime, James often uses Sport for his horse. He has a little wagon, and a set of small harness which just fits the dog. 93 5. He hitches Sport to this wagon, and drives over the country. In this way, he can go almost as fast as his father with the old family horse. 123 6. The name of James's Scotch terrier is Dodger. He is called Dodger because he jumps about so friskily. He is up on a chair, under the table, behind the door, down cellar, and out in the yard,--all in a minute. 166 7. Dodger has very bright eyes, and he does many funny things. He likes to put his paws up on the crib, and watch the baby. 193 8. The other day he took baby's red stocking, and had great fun with it; but he spoiled it in his play, and James had to scold him. 222 9. Everyone likes to see James White with his two dogs. They always seem very happy together. 240 BABY BYE. 1. Baby Bye, Here's a fly; We will watch him, you and I. How he crawls Up the walls, Yet he never falls! I believe with six such legs You and I could walk on eggs. There he goes On his toes, Tickling Baby's nose. 44 2. Spots of red Dot his head; Rainbows on his back are spread; That small speck Is his neck; See him nod and beck! I can show you, if you choose, Where to look to find his shoes, Three small pairs, Made of hairs; 89 These he always wears. 3. Flies can see More than we; So how bright their eyes must be! Little fly, Ope your eye; Spiders are near by. For a secret I can tell, Spiders never use flies well; Then away, Do not stay. Little fly, good day. 137
PUSSYCAT AND HER KITTENS. 1. Pussycat, with her three kittens, had lived in the coal cellar; but one day she thought she would carry them to the attic. 2. The servant thought that was not the proper place for them; so she carried them back to the cellar. 43 3. Pussycat was certain that she wanted them in the attic; so she carried them there again and again, five, six, seven, --yes, a dozen times; for each time the servant took them back to the cellar. 82 4. Poor pussycat was nearly tired out, and could carry them no longer. 5. Suddenly she went away. Where do you think she went? 107 6. She was gone a long time. When she returned, she had a strange cat with her that we had never seen before. 131 7. She seemed to tell him all about her great trouble, and he listened to her story. 149 8. Then the strange cat took the little kittens, one by one, and carried them to the attic. After this he went away, and we have never seen him since. 180 9. The servant then left the kittens in the attic, for she saw how anxious puss was to have them stay there. 203 10. Was not the strange cat kind to pussycat? This lesson should teach children to be ever ready to help one another. 226
AT WORK. 1. A little play does not harm any one, but does much good. After play, we should be glad to work. 2. I knew a boy who liked a good game very much. He could run, swim, jump, and play ball; and was always merry when out of school. 48 3. But he knew that time is not all for play; that our minutes, hours, and days are very precious. 69 4. At the end of his play, he would go home. After he had washed his face and hands, and brushed his hair, he would help his mother, or read in his book, or write upon his slate. 108 5. He used to say, "One thing at a time." When he had done with work, he would play; but he did not try to play and to work at the same time. 142SUSIE SUNBEAM. TWO Minute Drill 1. Susie Sunbeam was not her real name; that was Susan Brown. But every one called her Susie Sunbeam, because she had such a sweet, smiling face, and always brought brightness with her when she came. 35 [Illustration: Older girls playing with younger girl. Three children standing in background. 48 2. Her grandfather first gave her this name, and it seemed to fit the little girl so nicely that soon it took the place of her own. 76 3. Even when a baby, Susie laughed and crowed from morning till night. No one ever heard her cry unless she was sick or hurt. 102 4. When she had learned to walk, she loved to go about the house and get things for her mother, and in this way save her as many steps as she could. 135 5. She would sit by her mother's side for an hour at a time, and ask her ever so many questions, or she would take her new book and read. 166 6. Susie was always pleasant in her play with other children. She never used an unkind word, but tried to do whatever would please her playmates best. 194 7. One day, a poor little girl with a very ragged dress was going by and Susie heard some children teasing her and making fun of her. 222 8. She at once ran out to the gate, and asked the poor little girl to come in. "What are you crying for?" Susie asked. 9. "Because they all laugh at me," she said. 257 10. Then Susie took the little girl into the house. She cheered her up with kind words, and gave her a nice dress and a pair of shoes. 286 11. This brought real joy and gladness to the poor child, and she, too, thought that Susie was rightly called Sunbeam. 308IF I WERE A SUNBEAM. 1. "If I were a sunbeam, I know what I'd do; I would seek white lilies, Roaming woodlands through. I would steal among them, Softest light I'd shed, Until every lily Raised its drooping head. 34 2. "If I were a sunbeam, I know where I'd go; Into lowly hovels, Dark with want and woe: Till sad hearts looked upward, I would shine and shine; Then they'd think of heaven, Their sweet home and mine." 74 3. Are you not a sunbeam, Child, whose life is glad With an inner brightness Sunshine never had? Oh, as God has blessed you, Scatter light divine! For there is no sunbeam But must die or shine. 112A KIND BROTHER. 1. A boy was once sent from home to take a basket of things to his grandmother. 2. The basket was so full that it was very heavy. So his little brother went with him, to help carry the load. 39 3. They put a pole under the handle of the basket, and each then took hold of an end of the pole. In this way they could carry the basket very nicely. 72 4. Now the older boy thought, "My brother Tom does not know about this pole. 88 5. "If I slip the basket near him, his side will be heavy, and mine light; but if the basket is in the middle of the pole, it will be as heavy for me as it is for him. 127 6. "Tom does not know this as I do. But I will not do it. It would be wrong, and I will not do what is wrong." 156 7. Then he slipped the basket quite near his own end of the pole. His load was now heavier than that of his little brother. 182 8. Yet he was happy; for he felt that he had done right. Had he deceived his brother, he would not have felt at all happy. 208MY GOOD-FOR-NOTHING. 1. "What are you good for, my brave little man? Answer that question for me, if you can,-- You, with your fingers as white as a nun,-- You, with your ringlets as bright as the sun. All the day long, with your busy contriving, Into all mischief and fun you are driving; See if your wise little noddle can tell What you are good for. Now ponder it well." 68 2. Over the carpet the dear little feet Came with a patter to climb on my seat; Two merry eyes, full of frolic and glee, Under their lashes looked up unto me; Two little hands pressing soft on my face, Drew me down close in a loving embrace; Two rosy lips gave the answer so true, "Good to love you, mamma, good to love you." 134 Emily Huntington Miller.THE QUARREL. 1. Under a great tree in the woods, two boys saw a fine, large nut, and both ran to get it. 2. James got to it first, and picked it up. 3. "It is mine," said John, "for I was the first to see it." 44 4. "No, it is mine" said James, "for I was the first to pick it up." 5. Thus, they at once began to quarrel about the nut. 72 6. As they could not agree whose it should be, they called an older boy, and asked him. 7. The older boy said, "I will settle this quarrel." 101 8. He took the nut, and broke the shell. He then took out the kernel, and divided the shell into two parts, as nearly equal as he could. 9. "This half of the shell," said he, "belongs to the boy who first saw the nut. 147 10. "And this half belongs to the boy who picked it up. 11. "The kernel of the nut, I shall keep as my pay for settling the quarrel. 176 12. "This is the way," said he, laughing, "in which quarrels are very apt to end." 193