I love the Poem of the Week. Each day, we talk about some aspect of the poem (theme, vocabulary, patterns, etc.) I was doing some thinking on how I can make some improvements for next year. I came up with three things I plan on changing.
At least once a week, we select a word from the poem and discuss what it means. The word is posted on the word wall and used for future vocabulary activities. This year, we are going to sort the words by part of speech as we discuss the meaning. We will post the words under one of these signs.
I know adjectives and adverbs are easily confused, so I am including some questions to help.
I don't have a whole lot of wall space, so I am using cupboard doors like this. There are doors below the counter as well. I am planning of filling up both the top and bottom doors by the end of the year. We pull words from read alouds as well.
If you are interested in these headings, you can get them for free here.
We read the poem multiple times throughout the week to practice fluency. Students like to try different voices to mix things up. I looked on TPT for some voice cards, but I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. I ended up making my own.
I made 20 different cards and four editable ones for your own ideas. If you are interested, you can check out all of the cards here. (The preview shows all of the cards.)
I am also going to incorporate items from Mrs. Laffin's "Pausing for Poetry". This is an excellent resource!
My favorite part are these sheets with skills to work on every day. I like that the students have a place to record what we worked on. There are several different sheets, so you can mix up the skills.
Previously, my students would write on the poem or on some random page in their reading notebook. This will be so much better. Be sure to check out everything else that is included in this wonderful resource by clicking here.
Do you use a weekly poem? What do you like best about it?
Thank you and have a great weekend!