Connecting poetry and your classroom read alouds
Hey Teacher Friends! Rachel and I are so excited to share our updated Solid Read Aloud units!
Poetry was a challenging unit to teach all in one month. I always felt rushed, there possibly could have been a little eye rolling when I talked to the students about writing their own poetry, and frankly, I really wanted them to enjoy poetry as much as I do. This is how I solved that dilemma, Rachel and I created Solid Read Aloud units! Then, while talking to a mentor teacher/friend, she commented a solid read aloud incorporates many different pieces of literature, fiction, non-fiction, poetry. This added to my excitement about the units and here we are! The Solid Read Aloud units have been used in my classroom for the past school year. I know there will be even more updates in the future. Hmm, maybe thinking snack connection, directed drawing?!?!
We started planning our units by searching National Observance Days in the United States. This gave a great list of topics for each month. At times it was very hard to decide which topic to select. Rachel and I stayed away from holiday topics and focused on a wide variety of topics. Because we didn't focus on holiday topics the Solid Read Alouds can easily be interchanged and used when they best fit with your long range plans and curriculum.
Each unit begins with an anchor poem, some are original and others were found (and credited) on various sites. Each unit contains: lesson plans, anchor poem, writing paper, anchor chart printables, close read selection, on some units: question cards, project directions, games, graphic organizers, original non-fiction books, and more.
As we read the poems, we have lots of discussion. Sometimes I use question cards and other times, the students direct where our discussion may go. Also, when reading poetry the students listen to me on the first day, then on subsequent days I have a student reader. As the year continues the students are modeling excellent fluency and expression.
The units include examples of anchor charts for your classroom, as well as, printable titles, graphics, captions, and more. By using the printables provided your anchor chart is almost complete, just add your information.
Solid Read Alouds are designed to fit into a daily 15 minute time frame. I found that to be about the optimum time for the unit activities. Last school year our Solid Read Aloud fit into a time right after our milk break. I haven't looked at my schedule for the coming year to find the best time. Right now I'm thinking the last 15 minutes before we go to lunch. Hmm, I'll keep you posted.
To start your school year, Rachel and I are offering our Good Neighbor Solid Read Aloud for FREE!!! Stop by our TpT store to snag your free copy. We hope you will enjoy using the read aloud product with your students! Here's just a little sample...
Shout out to Krista Wallden for her Kindness Nation clipart!
Wishing you a wonderful day!