In my classroom, I love to use poetry to increase fluency and provide repeated readings. Each year I make my students a poetry book for them to keep in their book boxes. I introduce a new poem every week and write it up on chart paper. Sometimes it is a rhyming poem, sometimes a chant, and sometimes a song. I type it up for my kiddos and always add a box for them to draw and sketch something they've learned from the poem, or something the poem reminds them of. My students love taking out their poetry books during independent reading time and re-reading all the poems we have learned so far. Since my school does not hav e a designated music teacher, this is a fun way to practice rhythm with instruments and to practice singing, as well.
Using poetry aligns to these common core standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Go ahead and download my poetry book cover from my TpT store for free. Instructions for building the books are included. I hope your class loves them as much as mine do!