Thinking about poetry

Friday I received my October book order from Scholastic Books.  One of the free items that I got through coupons and bonus points was this book:


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(I am in no way affiliated with Scholastic Books, but I do order from them every month of the school year!)
Anyway, this was a great read, with several awesome poems that I haven’t read or thought about in years.  It really made me think about how I use poetry in my classroom.  Each week we have a poem of the week which we read daily and the kiddos take home on Friday to read with their parents.  It is an amazing way to practice fluency, sight words, and vocabulary.  In January, we start our Poetry writing unit, culminating in our groovy Coffee House Poetry day in February. 
This book really made me think about how I can use poetry for more.  Now I am scouring the Internet for poems to go with our Spelling lists, poems to use during Guided Reading, and poems to help teach concepts.  I have found a ton of resources!  Now I just have to figure out how to organize it all.  Do you use poetry in your classroom?  How do you use it?  What are your favorite poetry resources?  I would love to hear what you do! 

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