Using a digital poem of the week is a great way to integrate technology into the classroom and save paper at the same time! Poetry is a fabulous tool for helping students to develop fluency and comprehension skills while reading. Using a digital Poem of the Week format helps them to become familiar with a piece of text through repeated reading and follow up activities. I had originally created a printable version of my weekly poem activities but have since adapted it to a digital poem of the week version for several reasons.
Why I use a Digital Poem of the Week:
When Covid-19 happened, I was forced to adapt my weekly poems to a digital interactive version. I needed to create items for distance learning BUT I also love the interactivity of it. These are perfect for an in class learning centre as well as at home learning. Students are able to manipulate the activities in a more efficient manner. I also love that it saves paper.
I do still believe the printable version is important because of the fine motor skill development that comes along with cut and paste activities but this is a great alternative. For example, you could have a group of students working on one of the poem of the week printable activities and another group working on a different digital one. They would still be working with the same poem. This is particularly beneficial for teachers who do not have 1:1 devices in their rooms.