April 7, 2013

Fry Phrases

Happy last day of the weekend!! :)  I hope everyone had a chance to kick back and relax :)  I was pretty much a vegetable this weekend---holed up on the couch watching TV, reading, surfing the web and dreaming up lessons, games and reading strategies to try out on my students. :)  Oh, and I must also confess to the hours I spent playing Candy Crush Saga on my ipad.  That game is addicting, especially when you can't pass a level!!!  Does anyone play that game?

Anyway, when I was actually doing something productive--I came up with some great Fry phrasing games.  The words in the fry phrases come from Dr. Edward Fry's Instant Word List.  Fry's word list is comprised of high frequency words (the first 300 words in his list represents 67% of all the words students will encounter in their reading).

Practicing Fry Phrases is a great way to improve fluency--and not just the speed aspect of fluency, but also accuracy an prosody. :)  They are reading the most commonly used words--which means they will become more accurate.  They will begin to use inflection and word stress--which means they will have better prosody.  AND they will be faster after practicing the word phrases--especially if you have them do time trials.  Dr. Fry's phrases are meant from grades 2-5, but I will be using them with my sixth graders also. 

Ways to use Fry Phrases:
  • Speed drills with a partner--give each student a  Fry phrase list and a stop watch.  One partner reads, while the other times.  Repeat and try and beat the previous time. 
  • Literacy Centers--have students read through the lists with a partner.  For extra fun--have the students read the phrases in a funny voice (queen, king, robot, excited, sad, etc.)
  • PowerPoints for the whole class--get those here
  • Fry Phrasing cards for independent practice---get them here

For a complete list of all 600 Fry phrases click here
Of course I couldn't just stop with the free resources, I had to come up with a game!! My kids love games, and I figured after speed trials playing a game would be a great review.  If you want to check out the games I made--click here.
I have only made games for the last 100 phrases......hopefully I can get the other phrase games done soon! :)  Not sure why I started with the end....but I did!
Have a great rest of your weekend!


  1. Katie,
    What a cute idea! I am so glad you found me so I could follow you too and share ideas. Your blog is cute and I definitely will be back!
    Rockin Resources

    1. Thanks Pam! :) I love all of the blog connections I am making!!

  2. Wow! This looks great, Katie. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. The random number generator chose your comment number for my Lily-naming contest, so please take a moment to look at my TPT store and then, email me (brownbagteacher@gmail.com) with the item you would like! :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

    1. Well...how exciting!! I can't wait to check out your TPT store and pick out my prize! How fun!!!

  3. Fry phrases are so great for building fluency! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    1. They are pretty great! I can't wait to read more of your posts Sandi!

  4. I used to play Candy Crush all the time. One day I realized I was spending way too much time doing it so I just gave it up. I have been so much more productive after that :)

    I love the idea of games in the classroom. This one looks pretty good!