Veteran’s Day is a wonderful day to take a moment to be grateful for the service and sacrifice of our military families. So many of our countryfolx have sent their most precious ones into the military to serve. Although they are filled with pride at the sacrifice, they miss their family members so deeply. I’ve had many friends that have served and I am thankful for them today and always.
On Veteran’s Day I usually read Jill Biden’s book Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops. It’s a wonderful story that centers the families of those who have sacrificed through the service of having someone they love in service to our military. I cry EVERY. TIME. I. READ. IT. It has a beautiful happy ending, yet reminds me how deeply appreciative we all should be for the sacrifice of others, especially on Veteran’s Day.
I also have several different versions of fluency related to Veterans Day.
I’ve been writing fluency for almost a decade. It’s a wonderful creative outlet, but it is also a way to provide specifically to my students and to continue to resource what I am doing in my own classroom. I’ve probably written close to 600 passages in the last decade. Anything from emergent reading to third grade. This particular passage comes from my Bridging the Gap series. This is for students in first who were reading strongly on grade level, but needed a bit more text and some extensions around comprehension.
Each set of passages I write are leveled so that you can provide reading for your students that is ‘just right’. This set has 15 passages all related to the fall!
There’s a student passage that you could use for just oral comprehension and fluency tracking, an extension page that has questions for students to annotate and text code with, and a teacher sheet where you can follow along if you’re using this as an assessment or a small group tool.
Would you like to have the Veteran’s Day Freebie? Please click HERE.
I have a different set called Reading for Meaning that offers similar options with much shorter and less complex text. There’s a year’s worth of passages in my Reading for Meaning Series for first graders. There are ten leveled passages per month in those sets and they are also great for individual assessment, practice, or homework.
My most popular sets of fluency are differentiated. Three passages, same topic, themed by month. You can check out my Differentiated Fluency for Firsties: The Bundle if those meet your needs better!