This packet contains 40 poems that can be used for shared reading. in my classroom I use one poem a week (there are roughly four poems per month and they “match up” with seasonal or classroom related activities for particular months). I write the poem on sentence strips and put it in my pocket chart. As a class, we go on a “Chunk hunt” with the poem and use oversized highlighting tape to highlight chunks, little words inside of big words, and word wall words. I then read the poem to the class and we talk about the meaning of the poem. We then echo read the poem, then choral read the poem, and then individual students come up to read the poem. After we spend several days studying the poem the children put a copy of the poem in their poetry folders. While they are doing that they use their highlighters to highlight chunks, little words inside of big words, and word wall words. They then read the poems during daily independent reading to practice reading with smooth fluency. Also, I keep the copies of the poems written on sentence strips at the partner reading center. Students can then sequence the sentence strips and use a fun pointer to read the poems out loud. At the end of the school year students take their poetry folders home with them for summer reading practice. I hope you find this collection of poems to be helpful in your classroom. ?