I love poetry! Have you hear of Giggle Poetry? I use the poems about family for our Mother's Day Tea. Students choose one to memorize and recite for our mothers during the tea.
I begin every unit of study/theme with a poem...or two or three! Students keep every poem in a 1 inch, three ring binder. They pull them out to read as a fast finisher activity. We also use them occasionally for Read to Someone in our Daily 5 rotations.