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Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons: A Successful Reading-Fluency Program Parents and Teachers Can Use to Dramatically Improve Reading Skills and Scores by [Buswell, Amy, Lansky, Bruce]
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Fans of P.D. Eastman's "Are You My Mother?" and "Hug" by Jez Alborough will adore Early Birdy Gets the Worm.--Terry Doherty, Executive Director, The Reading Tub

My preschool-age grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed 'reading' the book! And I enjoyed hearing them each tell the story in their own words.--Penny Warner, author of Baby Play & Learn and Preschooler Play & Learn

You'll love sharing this book with your preschooler. Because the story is told in pictures, reading it together is a lot more fun than you ever imagined.--Danny Brassel, PhD, Professor, Teacher Education Department, California State University-Dominguez Hills

Bruce Lansky's wordless picture book is a smart way to prepare children for reading. It can help build their capacity for reading comprehension before they tackle phonics and try to read words.--Chase Young, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Beginning and struggling readers may think they're reading this book, but you'll know they're 'reading' the pictures and loving it.--Tim Rasinski, PhD, Professor of Literacy Education, Kent State University

Wow, I'm smiling from ear to ear! I never knew wordless picture books could be so engaging!--Nancy Kerr, President, Children's Reading Foundation

"It's not surprising that the most entertaining remedial reading program would motivate students to read better."--Chase Young PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M, Corpus Christi

"The fluency gains these engaging reading lessons have produced are outstanding."--Tim Rasinski, PhD, Professor of Literacy Education, Kent State University

"What an amazing fluency program! My students were excited to start these lessons. But I was shocked by how quickly m students' reading improved. As soon as they realized they were starting to improve--that motivated them to improve even more."--Loraine Sansbury, K-5 Reading Resource Teacher

"Within a week of starting this intervention, one of my most challenging students went from an 'I hate reading' attitude to saying, 'Can I read this poem to you?' It was amazing."--Kim Fawcett, Grades 4-5 Literacy Teacher

It s not surprising that the most entertaining remedial reading program would motivate students to read better. --Chase Young PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M, Corpus Christi"

The fluency gains these engaging reading lessons have produced are outstanding. --Tim Rasinski, PhD, Professor of Literacy Education, Kent State University"

What an amazing fluency program! My students were excited to start these lessons. But I was shocked by how quickly m students reading improved. As soon as they realized they were starting to improve that motivated them to improve even more. --Loraine Sansbury, K-5 Reading Resource Teacher"

Within a week of starting this intervention, one of my most challenging students went from an I hate reading attitude to saying, Can I read this poem to you? It was amazing. --Kim Fawcett, Grades 4-5 Literacy Teacher"

About the Author

Amy Buswell is a reading specialist who teaches in West Palm Beach, FL. Her entertaining reading lessons have dramatically raised the reading skills and scores of the students who attended schools at which she has taught. Bruce Lansky has written and edited 18 books of humorous poetry for children, which have sold more than 3.5 million copies. Lansky has visited more than 600 schools, and he also created the popular Giggle Poetry website. Stephen Carpenter is the illustrator who has helped 16 Giggle Poetry books come alive with hilarious illustrations. He lives just outside Kansas City with his wife, Becki, and their sheepdog, Lulu."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11835 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KJGWSH8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turns boring reading practice into creative performance art 11 Jun. 2014
By Whistlers Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm going to put in my two cents here, although I am not a teacher. I HAVE worked with children who were poor (usually reluctant) readers, and everything this author says makes sense to me. Every teacher (and some parents) knows the deadly cycle of failure: the kid is a poor reader, dreads reading, avoids reading, and falls even further behind his peers. Finding a way to make reading fun, while making the young reader feel that he is succeeding is the only way to break that cycle.

This concept isn't Ivory Tower, but common sense built on proven educational techniques. For many generations of school children, "recitation" (memorizing and acting out poems) was a daily feature. Even a kid who wasn't the brightest scholar in the classroom could shine and both speaker and listeners gained a better knowledge of the story and the writer's intent. Sadly, this custom lost favor with educational "experts." Any parent who has read a rhyming book to (or with) a child knows how much children respond to rhymes. And rhyming sounds introduce the child to the idea that words that sound alike are (usually) spelled alike. Phonics!

I emailed the two primary school teachers in my family about this book. If I were the parent of a reluctant reader, I would be on this one like white on rice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for EFL students as well! 28 July 2014
By Just a Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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I have not had the chance to use this book with my students; however, as a teacher there is a LOT I like about it.

In general, I am a fan of humor and poetry in the class. It helps students think figuratively, focus less on grammar, and help them loosen up in class.

Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons is a great book for teachers of hesitant readers. I think at an ESL level it works for elementary to high school students. It has vocabulary be introduced in a fun way, and encourages student fluency by having students act / present their plays. Some poems encourage movement, making this a TPR experience.

More or less the first 10% of the book is helping teachers (or parents) learn how to navigate the book. In my opinion, may teacher books spend FAR too long introducing the book and not enough time on the actual content. I am OK with 10%. This portion reviews studies (why they made the book), methods (how they think the book to be used in class) and examples. This part can be ignored if you like, but the content isn't too lengthy and can give you a decent basis on how to proceed.

After the introduction, the book gives you thirty-four different poems. Quite a few of these I like enough to use with my high school students! Several I didn't like at all (but I can see how students would), and the vast majority I found perfect for middle school or elementary students.

The poems are usually 1-2 pages and divided into stanzas. Next to the poem there is often direction as to the desired motions or intonations (e.g. "Act stern. Wage your finger.") While the poems are fairly basic in terms of vocabulary there are some cases where rather advanced words are used. If you are dealing with EFL students, you may like to scaffold more than the book does. An alternative is to substitute advanced words with cognates or more basic synonyms. Most of the poems are written with a rhyme or meter that makes memorizing and reading them easier than a standard text.

After each poem the book provides a lesson plan. As with all prefabricated lesson plans, I suggest you make many adaptations to best suit your class. These ideas area great start! The objective for each poem;s lesson plan is more or less the same, "Objective: The student will read text fluenty, with attention to pace and expression and with a high level of accuracy, as a means of comprehending the text."

Then it walks you through the five steps they suggest you follow:

First activate background knowledge. The book provides sample questions to ask students to get them thinking of the topic. In an EFL environment some visuals would probably be helpful too!
Skim/Scan. Usually they advise students to underline any words they may don-t know without looking at the context or situation. There are other great skimming and scanning activities you could use here.
Modeled Reading. Usually this is set up for the teacher to read (and it gives guidance on how it should be read), but you could do this in many other ways as well.
Guided Reading. Students are given the chance to look at vocabulary, inference, and practice reading as a class (echo reading and choral reading) or in pairs (buddy reading)
Finally students are given time to read on their own during Independent Reading.
The last step is to have a student present (the book emphasizes to encourage them heavilily and focus on their successes rather than failures).

Personally, I feel that after the third poem this lesson plan structure is BORING! It has a great structure, but repeating it again and again isn't very fun to read. Don't be afraid to vary it for your class. Use the skeleton but adapt the activities, or do your own thing!

After the poems, at the end of the book, there are rubrics and suggested assessment methods. Again, feel free to adapt these as needed to keep your class interesting and best suit your students needs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive! 18 Aug. 2014
By LadyD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I am very impressed with the book! What a fun learning experience for my grandson. The educational approach to assist Grades 2-5 iwith reading is perfect for visual learners. I'm a strong believer in teaching little ones songs with hand gestures. So reading, memorizing poetry along with hand motions is popular with kids and successful, too. The brain learns by pattern and seeks novelty. I would say the author and illustrator hit the ball out of the park with this one. My grandson eagerly read 'A Brave Little Fellow Named Brian' and giggled through 'Forgetful', like most boys will. He's only in first grade and reads the poems over and over. This is a must-have for home and school library. I highly recommend this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny book, had done great quality time reading it ... 2 Sept. 2014
By Felicia Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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this is a cute, funny book, had done great quality time reading it with my four year old, and my one year old was laughing right along with us. a great read for families
5.0 out of 5 stars I think anything that gets kids motivated to read is worth the effort! I would definitely recommend this workbook. 11 Dec. 2014
By TLV - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this workbook at the beginning of the school year in order to help my 2nd & 4th grader with their reading. At the beginning of the year my kids hardly have any take-home work and I got prepared this year by introducing this workbook as their official homework. I have to say my kids did enjoy the lessons. There was minimal complaining even though I was asking them to do "homework" when none had officially be assigned by their teachers. I was looking specifically for something that would hold their attention while providing a strong foundation for reading skills. Even though I used the same lessons with each of my kids they often had different responses and levels of comprehension. It was interesting to see the differences between the two. The workbook was very helpful for both of them which surprised me! I even learned some new tips on how to build and tap into my kids reading skills. We finally just completed the entire workbook and it was a very positive experience. I think anything that gets kids motivated to read is worth the effort! I would definitely recommend this workbook.
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