In our classroom, we use poetry as a
fun way to develop our reading fluency, enhance reading comprehension
skills and explore language arts concepts! A new poem is given out each
week. I try to find poems that go along with what we are learning or go
along with special monthly events. Each student
will have poetry binder assigned to them. Their poem starts out in
the STAR binder and is used daily in school. I start by modeling
fluent reading and read the poem
to the students. Then we read the poem whole class, in small groups,
independently, with partners, to parent volunteers... With each poem we
discuss author's purpose and the main idea of the poem. We also
explore the poem and find different parts of speech. We often create
a key that tells what we are identifying. We also use our poems to
ignite our poetry skills to write our own poems that we publish in the
classroom! Throughout the year, I ask the students to find a favorite poem
to read to the class to increase oral fluency and presentation skills. The
children are encouraged to get creative when they present and add
movements and props to liven up their presentation.
We also read to our first grade and preschool buddies throughout the year.
At the end of the year, the
children create their own Poetry Anthology complete with a table of
to take home and treasure for years to come!
My students love using their poetry
It is a fun and authentic way to develop fluency!