Fifth in a series! Poem: "The Flu"
"The Flu" was inspired by my second grade students who had personal experiences with the effects of the flu! It became a seasonal and relevant reminder of how and why we try to prevent illness from spreading within our class. My students enjoyed reading the poem once they could appreciate it from a healthier perspective!
Copies of the poem, "The Flu," can be used for fluency and word work activities during initial instruction. Copies can also be included in booklets for partner reading. When teachers use student-friendly poetry for repeated reading opportunities, reluctant readers can be encouraged and motivated to engage in literacy activities that will increase their fluency, phonics skills, decoding abilities, sight word recognition, and, ultimately, their comprehension. Familiar rereading of poems can be especially effective for struggling and emergent readers.
The poem and activities in the guide have been used successfully with elementary students in urban and suburban school settings. The students included ESL, RTI, and Special Ed students, along with Regular Ed students. A two-page teacher's guide with suggestions for week-long mini-lessons is included with the original poem.
Consistent use of weekly poems for familiar rereading and word work have contributed to increased reading fluency results for my students on Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM) assessments. Increased fluency has also positively impacted their reading results on Discovery Education tests.
Susan Weaver Jones