I explained that we were going to learn how to read a poem with rhythm and rhyme. I displayed the poem, Spaghetti! Spaghetti! by Jack Prelutsky on the document camera and modeled reading it aloud. I further explained poetry should be easy to listen to with a rhythm and a beat. I emphasized the rhythm of the poem by clapping it out and stressing the rhyming words. I gave students one minute to discuss with their shoulder partner what they noticed about the way I read the poem. One student said, “It kind of sounds like a song, but with talking.”
I guided students in reading Spaghetti! Spaghetti! I had them clap as they read to help them see the rhythm of the poem. After we read the poem reminded students that reading a poem is different from reading a story. Most poems have a rhythm and should be read that way.
Students selected a poem to read and record. They practiced rereading it aloud several times before recording. They were allowed to record as many times as needed until they were satisfied with the final product. This self-evaluation prompted students to do their best work. s They enjoyed listening to themselves and working hard to achieve optimal fluency.
Students recorded using Morphbox. Listen to a recording here.
To close the lesson, students shared their recording with two other students. This gave students exposure to poems they may not have read. It also gave students an opportunity to share their recording with an audience. They were proud and excited during this sharing time!