Does anyone else out there use poetry on a weekly basis with their students? This is one of my goals for the new school year. We will have reading “binders” that house their reading journal, guided reading work, center activities and a poetry notebook section.
Each Monday during my Skills Block (think: Vocabulary/Grammar) we would read a new poem and introduce a new skill. The skill is always embedded into the poem. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we reinforce the skill through partner games, poem-related activities and other printables. We reread the poem everyday to build fluency. I’m going to post the poem each week as a center workstation and have the kids do an activity that connects the poem to a reading skill… visualizing, connections, etc. On Friday, I assess the current skill as well as reviewing skills previously taught during Skills Block.
Each unit I’ve created has been posted in my TpT store. For some reason, the unit on singular and plural nouns will not upload to Teacher’s Notebook. The order of the units for me is based on the skills mandated by my state (GA) and school system.
Week 1: Prefixes (just un- and re-… We go back and add more throughout the year.)
Week 2: Synonyms and Antonyms
Week 3: Homophones
Week 4: Singular and Plural Nouns
Week 5: Contractions
Week 6: Suffixes
Week 7: Review and Extend
(I only have 7 weeks for this quarter because we spend the first week of school introducing the 7 Habits, Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop. The second week is spent reinforcing rituals and routines and introducing Words Their Way.)
I just finished a fun new unit on suffixes! I’m putting it up in my TpT store and my Teacher’s Notebook store. It’s only $2 right now!
BACK to my original question….
How do you use poetry in your classroom? I would love to hear from you!