All of the students at my school memorize a nursery rhyme each week in an effort to to explore rhyming, vocabulary, fluency and to build a common culture for our students. Grades 1 – 4 use a weekly poetry sheet. Each day, the kids have a reading comprehension or fluency task to do on their poetry sheet, having to do with the weekly rhyme. On Monday, we increase fluency by reading the rhyme 4 times. On Tuesday, we pick out vocabulary words that are challenging or interesting and find the definition. On Wednesday, we visualize and draw a picture of the rhyme. On Thursday, we make two text connections with the rhyme. On Friday, we come up with three question that we had while reading the rhyme. Feel free to grab this sheet from my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources– if you want to use it in your class.