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Poetry Notebook/Great Poetry Race
Old 09-04-2010, 08:13 PM
 
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I do two things with poems. I teach 2nd, and give them a new poem every Monday. I have them use a spiral notebook, and glue the poem onto the left side of the paper. On the right side of the page, we write whatever activity I think is useful for the poem. We do word sorts, synonyms, word families etcetera. I use them for partner reading to increase fluency as well. I also do Daily 5 in my room and they keep their poetry notebook in their book box so they are able to read their poems during "Read to Someone" or "Read to Self".

I also use something called "The Great Poetry Race". I found the idea somewhere that I don't remember. I do this twice a month. Every other Monday, I give the kids a poem that they take home to read. I make sure it is a similar style to the ones that we are reading in class and they then read it to as many people as they can outside of school. Every time they read their poem to a different person, that person writes their name on the back of the poem paper. If they read it over the phone to a family member, their parent writes that family members name on the back of the paper (so I hope their parents are honest about it....) they then turn in their paper to me on Friday, and I count up the number of people each student read to. Then, the following Monday, whoever read the poem to the most people, I have a small trophy which stays on that particular students desk for a week. All of the kids want that trophy!!! I have found that it is a great way to increase fluency, and they develop a love for poetry as well.

The way I look at it, there is nothing wrong with a little healthy competition...most of my kids read their poems to an average of 15-20 people a week. I had a grandparent send me an email last year and tell me they appreciated it because it let them talk to their grandkids more often on the phone! I did worry about my kids whose home life might prevent them from reading to a lot of people outside of school, but that hasn't been an issue for the last two years I did this. If that does happen, I may have to change the way this works.
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