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One way we practice fluency in first grade is through poetry and song. We maintain poetry binders that to date are filled with a collection of 58 poems and songs. Each student brings in a binder at the beginning of the school year. Binders are kept in student desks and used at various times throughout the day.
We begin the day with two poems (or songs.) After the class meeting, the junior teacher chooses two poems or songs for students to sing/read together. During centers and morning work, students read from poetry binders independently and/or with partners. They love partner reading and singing!
I finally put some poems together in one document that you can download here. This year I added a collection of nursery rhymes to help my ELL population develop phonological skills. The other students enjoy the familiar rhymes as well.
The poetry binder collection is a work in progress but for now, it's a 75-page document. We love learning history through poetry and reading from the awesome Jack Prelutsky collection! There's no doubt - learning is fun when you can dance and sing a little in school!
A few of the poems...