Because I run several different spelling lists in my room,
students glue their poems into their notebooks on Friday while
other students are taking their spelling tests. After
students add their poem, they color it or illustrate it and
then read their poems to themselves to practice their fluency.
When we get a free few minutes during the week, students pair up
and read their poems to one another. Then I usually ask,
"Who has a partner who read '_____' fluently?" and
students will nominate their partners and the student I select
will read the poem to the class as we all follow along in our
My students love using their poetry notebooks! It is a fun
and authentic way to develop fluency!
here to download the cover that we
glue onto the outside of our composition books!
Here are some of the books I use for my poems: