Poem-Tac-Toe is great for poetry month or all year round! It is a fun way to practice fluency!
You are purchasing 50 poem texts with accompanying tic-tac-toe boards. The game boards have different challenges such as "Read with a deep voice" or "Whisper read the poem." When students read the poem that way, they can put an x or an o in the box. Great for partner work or easy to send home for family reading fun!
All poems are from the public domain, so there are no copyright worries. Poets include: Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, and more!
Even though they were written long ago, I searched carefully to find poems that are relatable to students even today with topics about animals, nature, playing, and more. Some are serious and some are silly!
The purpose of Poem-Tac-Toe is to give a fun way for students to practice reading a text repeatedly. Repeated reading builds fluency and word recognition. Plus, students get a chance to read classic poems from many famous literary figures.
-detailed notes to teacher including suggestions for use
-tic-tac-toe boards that can be used with any poem
-blank tic-tac-toe boards to make your own
-50 poems + tic-tac-toe boards
How to Use:
How you use this packet is up to you. I originally created it as a weekly homework assignment and as a way to involve the family with fluency building. Students can play the tic-tac-toe game with a sibling, family member, or friend. Here are some more ideas you may try:
-Send home weekly as fun fluency practice.
-Have students play “tic-tac-toe” with partners.
-Use as a weekly poetry center.
-Buddy reading activity with a different class.
-Fluency activity for tutors.
-Fun activity to leave for a sub.
-Send home several over breaks or summer vacation.
-Use in small groups as a fun Friday activity.
-Keep in a spot for early finishers.
-Keep a few on hand for the day before breaks when students are too excited to focus.
-Use after “the test” when students brains are fried but you still want to do something productive and quite.
-After completing the poems, you could have students save them in a notebook for a Poetry Café later in the year.
-Have students memorize and present their favorite poems.
More Poetry Resources that are More Than a Worksheet:
Shel Silverstein Task Cards Volume 1
Shel Silverstein Task Cards Volume 2
Poetry Month for the Busy Teacher