The Great Poetry Race
The idea is to "choose a poem that reinforces a specific
skill or set of skills that you’re working on with your class.
For instance, the poem might include sight words, short-vowel
sounds, or dialogue requiring expression. Next, introduce
that poem to your class, modeling how the poem should be read.
Then distribute copies of that poem, along with directions and
a form for signatures, to each student, who then has a week to
read that poem to as many people as possible. After each
reading, the student asks her “audience” members to sign their
Great Poetry Race form. The student with the most signatures
at the end of the week wins a prize. This easy-to-execute
home/school program engages both students and their parents
while increasing each child’s fluency. But just as important,
it’s a fun, simple way to get kids excited about poetry and
deliver a positive reading experience all at once!"
I am also a big fan of Jack Prelutsky.
Choose what works for you from this unit on Poetry ...
Try using Ken Nesbit's poems and the book"I'm Still Here in the Bathtub" which are poems put to favorite, well known songs. Singing can increase flentcy!
Some teachers endorse I Read To You... Books and Take Me out to the Bathtub series.