One English Language Arts standard for speaking and listening calls for students to:
Create audio recordings of poetry readings.
I was reminded of this in Poetry Lessons to Meet the Common Core State Standards by Georgia Heard. This is, in itself, a great way to prove to students (individually or in groups) how much they’ve grown and improved in terms of their oral reading. You can assemble an audio portfolio over time. You can also take it a step farther – by setting a poem (their own, a group, or an existing one) to music (a familiar or invented tune).
Here is one posted on FB by the divine Janet Morrison. She has a wealth of teaching experience and also lots of expertise in the field of public health. It was composed by second graders and their teacher (Janet herself) at Corridor Elementary in or near Eugene, Oregon. It’s sung to the tune of Home on the Range.
Oh give me a home
Where my germs do not roam
And the kids get through winter healthy –
Where so-oap and scour
Take away a germ’s power
And we battle the flu in this way.
Please, please wash your hands
Then rinse all the bad germs away
Don’t wash ‘em too quick
Or you might just get sick
And in bed at home you must stay.