Fluency with poetry

You can build fluency with poetry in so many ways! There are tons of poem books, websites and resources out there.

Here are some of my favorite fluency building poems.

Eat the Alphabet


How about growing some of the foods
to eat with your students?
A is Apple, B is Bean,
C is Celery, fresh and green.
D is for Doughnut, E is Egg,
F is for Fig, rolling down your leg.
G is for Grapefruit, H is for honey.
I is for Ice-cream, soft and runny.
J is Jello, K is Knish,
L is Lettuce and Licorice!
M is Meatball, N is Nut,
O is Orange, peeled or cut.
P is Pizza, Q is Quince,
R is Rice fit for a prince!
S is Spaghetti, T is Tangerine,
U is Upside-down-cake with cream between.
V is Vegetable soup, W is Waffle
X is scrambled X. (Isn't that joke awful?)
Y is Yogurt, Z is Zucchini,
Let's eat the alphabet on a bed of linguini!

Fun Ideas:

  • Choral read the poem weekly and have the children guess what letter you are working on by giving them clues


  • Study each letter for a week and build a vocabulary bank about the foods


  • Have the children find words that rhyme with the food


  • Have the children take turns reading each phrase


  • Take pictures of the children eating the foods and create class books for each food (They will re-read the books to build even more fluency with poetry


  • Hang a poster of the poem and use highlighter tape to keep track of the foods you've eaten all year



Crowded Tub

There are too many kids in this tub
There are too many elbows to scrub
I just washed a behind that I'm sure wasn't mine
There are too many kids in this tub.

Fun Ideas:

  • Write stories about other things that you can put too many kids into - "There's too many kids in this car, room, box, etc..."


  • Have the children create goofy illustrations of the poem


  • Have the children go outside, blow bubbles and recite the poem


  • Play a game where you can see how many people fit into a "tub"


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