Sometimes it feels like we might go nuts helping students on their fluency practice journey. It can be a tedious process as children become fluent with letter recognition all the way to becoming a fluent independent reader. But Mo Willems’ books are truly a lifesaver when it comes to helping with fluency. One of his newer series is Unlimited Squirrels. Today, I have a fluency practice book activity that pairs nicely with the books.
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Unlimited Squirrels Books
Unlimited Squirrels in Who is the Mystery Reader? by Mo Willems was released in 2019. The squirrels are busily trying to figure out who is the masked mystery reader among them. Could it be Zoom Squirrel, Flappy Squirrel, Zowie Squirrel? Hmmm…see if your readers or listeners can figure it out.
I say readers or listeners because as with many of Mo Willems’ books they make great books for new beginning readers as wells as excellent read-alouds.
Not only is there a fictional story in the book, but there is also a nonfiction section which is all about the history of writing. Plus, there are lots of corny jokes and one of my favorite components called Emote-Acorns. These expression acorns pop up throughout the book to show how the squirrels are feeling from surprised to proud. I’ve got a great activity to go with this below.
Fluency Practice Acorn Expression Activity
I created a fun acorn expression activity for you. All you need to do is download the expression cards, cut them apart, and they are ready to use.
Students will draw a card and then practice reading in that chosen expression such as surprised or mad. The neat thing about these cards is that you can use them for a variety of fluency activities in a whole group or independently with a student.
Things to Read Using the Expression Acorn Cards
Read letters of the alphabet.
Read sight words.
Read a sentence.
Read a page in a story.
They are great for students just learning the alphabet all the way to beginning readers. Plus, they can be used over and over again.
Just click the green “get your printable” button below.
Happy reading with expression!
For more squirrel fun, check out these posts.