Friday, September 21, 2012

Poetry and Fluency

Each week we learn a new poem to help us with our fluency. This week, we learned a poem called Four Red Apples. Mrs. Ruckes introduced the poem on Monday. We read (or sing) the poem together, each day, during our morning meeting and our reading becomes more fluent. On Friday's we illustrate our poems and place them in our Poetry Notebooks. We hope you enjoy our slide show below:

Four Red Apples 
(Sung to:  This Old Man)

Four red apples on the tree,
Two for you and Two for me,
So-o shake that tree and watch them fall.
1, 2, 3, 4-
That is all!

Four Red Cherries...
Four Read Leaves...

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What do you think of our singing?  That's B.T. in the background, reminding everyone what to sing next.

Four Red Apples from Valerie Ruckes on Vimeo.

What are some of the ways you work on fluency in your classroom?


  1. Good work practicing your fluency! With all your hard work you'll be fluent independent readers in no time. My class works on fluency by practicing sight words and re-reading.

    1. We practice our sight words, too. We put this poem in our poetry notebooks and we also enjoy practicing our fluency by rereading them.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Hi my name is Andrea.I am in second grade.I am from in Guatemala.I like your poem ,it sounds fun. The first graders at my school have a poem competition in front of all the parents every year.I will share this poem with them maybe they can use it because it is so nice and we can send you some poems. Our school year is from January to October, so we are almost finishing school. How about you?

    1. Hi Andrea,
      Thanks for stopping by our blog. We had a lot of fun with this poem. Our school year is from September to June. What is the weather like in Guatemala right now? We would love for you to share some of your poems with us. Keep us posted on the poem competition.
      Mrs. Ruckes

    2. Right now it is winter here in Guatemala. But winter here is not cold, it is the rainy season. Do your students know lot about Guatemala?
      The poem competition was during the book fair. Only the 5 best competitors of each class participated. Here is a link of the poems recorded in class.

      we also wanted to share this video with you. It was filmed at our school for Guatemalan independence Day. We were singing about how proud we feel to be Guatemalans. We hope you like it.