Five Fluency Tips Using Your Favorite Poetry Pieces

With many grade levels teaching plant concepts, this poetry set is perfect for extending across the curriculm. It includes an original poem, vocabulary cards, and three post reading comprehension activities. Check out this post for information on using poetry to build reading fluency and to download this free resource.
Of all reading skills in the early grades, building reading fluency is THE most important, and most teachers make working on fluency a top priority. However, sometimes we have children who struggle to catch on. In today's post, I'm going to use a poetry set I'm sharing with you to talk about how I work on fluency using my favorite poems and partner plays. 

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At the bottom of each post, you should find a listing of our blog buttons with the topic of our posts. You will simply click them to move to the next post. On each stop, we are telling about a literacy topic of our choice. Some will feature book ideas, instructional apps, writing ideas, or literacy lessons that have worked well for us. There is a free resource on each stop. (Please note that since the blog hop has ended, the poetry set below is now an exculsive free resource for those who subscribe to my newsletter. You will simply need to add your email address, and the link to download the resource is forwarded to you. 😀)

PRETEACH CHALLENGING VOCABULARY

With many grade levels teaching plant concepts, this poetry set is perfect for extending across the curriculm. It includes an original poem, vocabulary cards, and three post reading comprehension activities. Check out this post for information on using poetry to build reading fluency and to download this free resource.
With each poem you use (or any new text really), it's important to pull from it words you feel will be challenging to read or unfamiliar. For some, a brief introduction may be sufficient if the word is not a high utility word. With words that you know will be beneficial in writing or conversation, take more time to develop full understanding and recognition. As you can see in the image to the right, I chose six words in all. Students can cut them out for matching, use context to get an idea of the meaning, and after discussion, they can write a kid friendly definition on the back with a picture or sentence if you like.   

MODEL, MODEL MODEL

When I'm introducing a new poem, we read through the poem chorally first, and I demonstrate the rhythm and phrasing. To help students with the phrasing, you can add slash marks to divide phrases or highligh with two highlighter colors

REREAD FOR DIFFERENT PURPOSES

With many grade levels teaching plant concepts, this poetry set is perfect for extending across the curriculm. It includes an original poem, vocabulary cards, and three post reading comprehension activities. Check out this post for information on using poetry to build reading fluency and to download this free resource.
Close reading is not just for passages and picture books. We can closely read poetry too, and by this, I mean revisit with a different purpose in mind. Below, you'll find a list of ways you can work in rereading:

Highlighter hunts for words by spelling pattern or for sightwords
Questioning about the poem (text evidence)
Color coding parts of speech or by the number of syllables
Performance....recordings , partner reads, recitation
Visualizing using the text
Analysis of figurative language
Graphic organizers when they work with the poem, and
Writing in response to the poem

With each reading, students improve automaticity and deepen understanding. With this poem, I chose to include questioning about the poem, word work with parts of speech, visualizing using text information, and making comparisons. 

CREATE POETRY ANTHOLOGIES

Kids love keepsakes, and if you add each poem you use to a binder or 3 prong folder, your students will each have a book of poems that they can reread on their own, share with friends, share with family, and keep forever. 

MAKE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

With many grade levels teaching plant concepts, this poetry set is perfect for extending across the curriculm. It includes an original poem, vocabulary cards, and three post reading comprehension activities. Check out this post for information on using poetry to build reading fluency and to download this free resource.There are many great poetry sites available for kids and teachers. My favorite is Ken Nesbitt's site, Poetry4Kids. Another great one is Ted Scheu's site, That Poetry Guy If we can share these as well as others we come across, kids will visit them and read the poems at home. Additionally, with the technology we have, we can also record and keep student readings for comparison from the beginning, middle and end of the year to demonstrate to our parents how the child's improved. 

To download the sample I used, just click the image to the right. To check out the poetry bundles and resources in my store, click here. I have created a Sports Poetry Bundle, a Poetry on the Menu Bundle, and a Four Seasons Bundle that target grades 2-4 as well as Concept of Word Poetry bundle for Kindergarten and First. I hope you'll enjoy using this one with your students.

POETRY PINS:

For more poetry ideas, I've created this Pinterest board filled with tons of great ideas. 

NEXT STOP

Your next stop is Literacy Matters written by Janiel Wagstaff. Janiel is the author of a book series, Stella Writes, a great set of four books I have enjoyed using as mentor texts as well as a collection of resource books for teachers. Janiel is sharing a new app called Explain Everything, and I can not wait to hear how she uses it. 

Thanks for joining us, and be sure to come back soon. You can also follow me on Facebook or Instagram where I share things regularly. Until next time, happy reading!

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With many grade levels teaching plant concepts, this poetry set is perfect for extending across the curriculm. It includes an original poem, vocabulary cards, and three post reading comprehension activities. Check out this post for information on using poetry to build reading fluency and to download this free resource.


18 comments

  1. As always, FABULOUS and informative post, Carla! I can't wait to check out the That Poetry Guy website..I've never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing :)
    Julie
    The Techie Teacher®

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    1. Thanks so much! I appreciate it, and I'm glad you like it. :-)

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  2. There are just SO many great ideas in this post! Cannot wait to share them with my colleagues as we celebrate April as Poetry Month!
    ~Jennifer

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    1. Thanks so much! I appreciate it and hope you enjoy using it.

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  3. What a great set of ideas for poetry, so perfect for April! Thank you Carla!

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  4. Great ideas for poetry. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Great post! Thanks so much for the amazing freebie too!

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  6. Carla,
    Thanks so much for writing this post. I am a huge fan of using poetry for multiple purposes. Love that you included the Pinterest board. I'll share your post--waiting for a good time to do so.
    Thanks again for all your hard work! You are a marvel!
    -Janiel

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  7. Thank you so much! I explored your resources all day yesterday and even met up with my sister to show her. You rock!

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    1. OH my goodness! That's awesome! Glad you like them!

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  8. Perfect and just in time for spring AND poetry month! Now, let's have some spring!!

    Andra

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