We describe the first examples of fluorogenic aldehydes useful for monitoring many types of reactions including aldol reactions, allylations, and reductions. The fluorogenic aldehydes were constructed by covalent combination of a fluorophore and an aldehyde moiety via a linker. In the resulting single molecule, the aldehyde functioned as a quencher of the fluorophore's fluorescence. The reaction product, modified at the aldehyde functionality, no longer served as an effective quencher. The reaction products showed up to approximately 80-fold higher fluorescence than the aldehyde reactants.