In kindergarten I taught two or three poems a month. We would highlight our sight words, rhyming words and punctuation.
Now in first grade, I teach one poem a week. I also send home a homework sheet to follow up on the poem. Again we highlight sight words, short vowel/long vowel sounds, blends, digraphs, compound words, contractions, rhyming words, nouns, verbs, adjectives and punctuation No....I do not do all those skills in one poem. I pick and choose what is appropriate and what goes along with our spelling and language arts lessons.
Down! Down! Little Owl Scary Scarecrow
If you are looking for more poems check out this poetry book it has a ton of amazing poems. This is where I found most of my First Grade poems. Ms. Moore has put together an great collection of poems for the school year. It has Holidays and concepts poems. It is a must have if you like to teach with poems.
Each week my students receive black and white copies that they keep in their poetry notebooks.(1 inch binders with clear pocket covers)
I also put a color copy of the poems in my poetry basket. The students enjoy reading the poems from kindergarten and first grade with their buddies. They also like to read the poems ahead of time and try and guess each week which poem might be next.