Are your students fluent readers? If they're anything like my students, fluent reading does not come naturally or easily, especially if they are English Language Learners. Each year I'd say, "This is the year we are going to practice fluency every day!" And the first two days were great! But then life happened. And fire drills happened. And half the class was out with the flu. So fluency practice went out the window with my good intentions. This year, I was determined to find a routine and stick with it. One that wouldn't take time away from any other skills, and one that I could integrate into my already established daily schedule.
Here's a quick run-down of how it works in my room:
Day 1: I read, they listen, I help them establish background knowledge about the vocabulary using google images
Day 2: I read, they listen, then we read together. I call up some students to point to letters/words/sounds depending on each student's abilities.
Day 3: I read, they read with me, then they read chorally. I call up some other students to identify sight words, rhyming words, or other skills we are working on.
Day 4: They read chorally, then read to a partner. We answer comprehension questions orally.
Day 5: Whoever wants to read aloud can come up and display their beautiful fluent reading for the class. We answer comprehension questions in writing, and/or illustrate the poem.
The options for addressing skills and standards with one weekly poem are practically endless! If you write the poem on an easel, you can purposely misspell words and have students correct them. There are so many ways to differentiate and tailor this activity to the unique needs of your class.