Poetry is great for bringing fluency fun into your classroom for the holidays! I love to use silly poetry to “hook” my reluctant readers and motivate them to practice their reading skills. My 4th and 5th graders absolutely love Jack Prelutsky and his sense of humor, so if you’re looking for ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day, check out the poem below!
I Made My Dog a Valentine
By: Jack Prelutsky
You can also print the poem out here for your students so they can visualize each stanza or highlight the rhyming pattern! (Go to “File” and then “Download”… don’t click on “Share.”)
As an extension, I had one of my 4th and 5th grade RtI groups create a NEW stanza with a different animal receiving the valentine! Here is a sample from one of my 4th graders:
I would love to read the stanzas your students come up with!
Feel free to email me some photos or tag me on Instagram (@msjordanreads).
Looking for additional Valentine’s Day activities?
Check out the following resources:
- Valentine’s Day Word Work & Literacy Activities
- “Love Struck Bunny” Seasonal Partner Poem
- Accuracy Zoom! — Valentine’s Day Decoding & Fluency Game
Happy Teaching & Happy Valentine’s Day!