Weekly Poetry Folder
Every week I introduce 1 or 2 new poems to my class. They are up in the pocket chart all week long. We read them together throughout the week. After introducing the poems, the kids come up and point to Star Words (high frequency words) in the poem. I highlight them with Pocket Chart Highlighters from Lakeshore.
On Fridays, the students get the blacklines of the poems that are in the pocket chart. They are 3-holed punched, ready to go in their own 3-ringed binder. The poems are typed up using anywhere from a 24 to 36 font. I use the Comic Sans font. There is room at the bottom for the kids to illustrate the poems.
We go through the poems together. We count words in lines and the number of lines in the poem. We circle certain letters, look for words that start with certain letters and find rhyming words. We always highlight the Star Words and underline color words with the matching color. In the beginning of the year I usually model using the overhead projector. After we are done focussing on skills, the kids all illustrate their own poem sheet.
After highlighting and illustrating the poems, the students bring me their poems and their poetry folder. I place the poems in the folders for the students. I like them to stay in order. If the child has not returned the poetry folder to school that week, I keep the poems at school and place them in the folder when it is returned. The folders are brought home every Friday and returned to school on Mondays. There is a direction sheet in the front of the binder as well as a sheet for the parent(s) to sign when the child has read to them.
You do not have to use special poems for your weekly poetry folder. Most of my poems are traditional Nursery Rhymes and songs. A wonderful new resource was recently published. Sing a Song of Poetry, K: A Teaching Resource for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Fluency by Fountas and Pinnell. This book contains almost 250 poems that are ready to use in your poetry folder. If I had this book when I started poetry folders, I would have used most of them. It is a fantastic resource. I use it a lot even though I already had a lot of poems in my collection.
Below I have made a list of poems that I include in my poetry folder. For copyright reasons, I am not able to type up the poems for you. I will list the poems that I do in the beginning of the year and then list the rest of the poems according to the letter of the Week themes that I use.
September - The Gingerbread Man Chant Mary Wore Her Red Dress The Shape Family Colors (see Little Book section) ABC Song Humpty Dumpty Hickory Dickory Dock Aa - Apples A-P-P-L-E Bb - Bugs (Margaret Wise Brown) Baa Baa Black Sheep The Bear Went Over the Mountain (or Mm) Cc - Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar? Chicken Count (Mary Jo Huff) Dd - B-I-N-G-O (dog) Dickory, Dickory, Dare! Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling Doggie Doggie Ee - The Elephant Goes Like This Way Down South Two, Four, Six, Eight (Even Numbers) Ff - The Finger Song Fuzzy Wuzzy Gg - Gumball (Dr Jean- Sing to Learn) Bubble Gum (Dr Jean Sings Silly Song) Hh - Clap Your Hands A-Hunting We Will Go Ii - I Can Do It By Myself Ice Cream Jj - Jack and Jill Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum Kk - Old King Cole Ll - Did You Ever See a Lassie? I Like Jam Mm - Me Creeping (mouse) Five Little Monkeys Nn - Goodnight, Sleep Tight One For the Money (numbers) Oo - Old MacDonald Had a Farm Pp - Make a Pancake This Little Piggy A Pizza Hut Peas Porridge Hot My Pet- McCord P-I-Z-Z-A Qq - Apples, Peaches, Pears and Plums (Itís a Question) Five Little Ducks (quack) Rr - One Two Buckle My Shoe (rhyme) Rain Rain Go Away Rain on the Rooftops Roses Are Red Ss - Are You Sleeping? Itsy Bitsy Spider I Like Stars- Johnson Tt - Teddy Bear Uu - Star Light, Star Bright- (universe) Our Flag Red, White and Blue Lazy Mary (up) Vv - Five Fat Peas Ww - This Is the Way We Wash Our Face Willaby, Wallaby, Woo Go In and Out the Window Wee Willie Winkie Xx - Extra Special Me Poems Yy - Daffodil (yellow) Yo-Yos Zz - Zebra Fall - Scarecrow Stop, Look and Listen Stop and Go Gobble, Gobble (turkey) Winter Love Somebody I Love You Little It Looked like (snow) Snowman Spring - April Showers The Beach Colors I Love Colors Lunch Box LeprechaunEvery month I also do the month poem from Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak
and the Good Morning Song from www.kinderkorner.com.
I choose 2 poems for each week. Nursery rhymes, seasonal poems and other rhymes can be used at any time. Any poems not used during the year are added to the poetry folder during the last week of school for some summertime reading.