For years, one of the highlights of my class was the Poem of the Week. Working on fluency, as well as countless oral language standards, the students would memorize a poem each week. Since most of my students each year are primarily English Language Learners, practicing their oral language skills was such an important thing for them.
Friday's were always reserved for the recitation of the poem. The poem would be taken down, then, table by table, the students would stand up and recite it. For my mostly EL class, this was a great time for them to practice their oral language. They also really enjoyed performing!
Here is the form I used to have the students write the information down. It really is simple. I would hole punch them and use one of the pronged folders to keep them in. That way, each week, the kids could just add this in. At the end of the year, they had a portfolio of about 30 poems!
I would recommend these books to get you started with the poems. They all had a variety of poems in them that were engaging enough for the students, yet academic enough to fit my purposes.
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
Random House Treasury of Best-Loved Children's Poems (Random House Poetry Treasury)
Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky are also great.
Have you used poetry to help the students practice fluency? Please share your routine with us!