Research shows that repeated oral readings of texts helps to improve student’s reading fluency. These two back to school poems (Bus Ride and First Day Jitters) are geared at helping to improve student's reading fluency.
Poetry notebooks are a fun way to practice! Readings can be done as a whole group (choral reading) or in student pairs. For fun, my students love to read their poems to stuffed animals! Always a hit!
Poems have been sized so that, once cut around the border, they will fit in a spiral notebook. My 3rd grade students have a poetry notebook and each week we add a poem or two to it. I introduce the poems on Monday, students glue them in their notebook and then they can use them during our Daily 5 block the rest of the week. I also have students bring their notebooks with them during guided reading time so I can quickly listen to how their reading fluency is progressing. I have found that it is a fun way to practice reading aloud, thus improving student's reading fluency! They love practicing them individually and even more during shared reading time!!
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Common Core Alignment:
RF.2.4b Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression.
RF.3.4b Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression.
RF.4.4b Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.