Reading fluency is the ability to read accurately and with expression. What better way to practice reading fluency than by using poetry? Poetry has a rhythm and melody that is perfect for practicing reading fluency. We all know the importance of rereading when it comes to practicing fluency, but rereading can be boring. Using cut apart poems is one of my favorite ways to have my students practice reading fluency.
I give each student a mixed up poem. They cut the strips apart and work to put the poem into the correct order. Guess what they have to be doing the entire time that they are working on putting the poem in order? They have to be rereading it and rereading it over and over again. They also reread it with a rhythm and expression that helps them to figure out the order of the poem. While they are putting these in the correct order, we can discuss rhyming words and how they will align in a poem. This activity also lends itself to discussing capitals and punctuation. The students can get clues about the order of the lines by looking at where the capitals and ending marks are on each strip.
Want to try using fluency poems in your classroom?
I created a packet of 20 fluency poems that can be used in whole group, small group, or in an independent work station. Each rhyming poem comes with a color and black/white version of the completed poem, mixed up poetry strips, and a matching sheet for gluing on the final poem.
I personally always begin using these in a whole group setting. After students get the hang of it, I like to copy the poems and put them in an independent work station. The strips can be laminated and reused if you want to save on paper usage.
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