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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 [Kindle Edition]

Amy Buswell , Bruce Lansky , Stephen Carpenter
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Book Description

How Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons Turn Struggling Readers into Happy Readers — For Grades 2–5.

Many struggling readers are embarrassed to read aloud. They are often intimidated or bored by texts that conventional programs require them to practice. So, instead of catching up, they fall further behind. Currently 67% of American fourth graders can’t read grade-level text. Reading specialist Amy Buswell has spent eight years looking for remediation methods that work. “What is needed,” Buswell explains, “is a program that improves the motivation of struggling readers, because that accounts for 90% of the problem.” Four years ago, Buswell came up with a brainstorm. She knew her best readers enjoyed reading Bruce Lansky’s poetry books for pleasure. The more poems they read, the better their reading got. Why not use Lansky’s kid-tested poems as texts struggling readers could practice on to improve their reading—using six research-based strategies: choral reading, echo reading, paired reading, repeated reading, sustained silent reading and “say it like the character” reading. — This book is the result of that brainstorm and the resulting collaboration between Buswell and Lansky. It gives teachers and parents everything they need to help children improve their reading: -35 kid-tested poems by Bruce Lansky -35 customized reading lessons by Amy Buswell -35 off-the-wall illustrations by Stephen Carpenter -35 sets of zany performance tips by Bruce Lansky …all of which is designed to make the process of reading improvement more like fun than work. — What Amy Buswell and Bruce Lansky have created is the most entertaining fluency intervention ever. That’s why it is so successful at overcoming negative attitudes to improve reading skills and scores. Ninety-five percent of participating students made significant improvement in their fluency (reading rate). And average reading scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) for Buswell’s school raised her school’s rating to an A for the first time. In 2011, Buswell’s school achieved one of the highest-percentage reading gains in the county. — There’s no reason parents can’t get in on the fun, too. Parents will enjoy Lansky’s funny poems and Stephen Carpenter’s delightful illustrations as much as their children. By reading the poems with their children and encouraging their children to try some of Lansky’s entertaining performance tips (by adding gestures, sound effects, props and finding additional readers: be they friends, family or neighbors), they can dramatically speed up their child’s reading progress (and have lots of fun in the process.)

Editorial Reviews


“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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10806 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook (June 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAKING READING FUN FOR CHILDREN! June 10, 2014
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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 Amy Buswell and Bruce Lansky, and beautifully illustrated by Stephen Carpenter, is a tool designed to put an end to the worries of teachers and parents who are wondering at night on how to help their children become better readers.

Primarily designed for children in grades 2 – 5, this research-based strategies offer insightful help which must begin with the right identification of the problem. To this end, author Amy Buswell, who is a reading specialist, started a program that will not bore kids, frustrate them, or expose them to ridicule but combine entertaining texts kids couldn’t put down with a variety of research-based strategies designed to improve struggling readers’ skills.

The result is Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons, a perfect tool to make reading fun for children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for elementary teachers June 11, 2014
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Great ideas with research and documentation to improve student reading levels. This can be used at multiple levels, not jus second grade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for EFL students as well! July 28, 2014
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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.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for grade schoolers especially 1st graders
Very entertaining and engaging read! Captures their attention and keeps them intrigued with the humorous use of poetry. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MariaLaura
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the class!
We use this in our homeschool! Loads of fun. Includes 4 daily exercises each week to go with each poem. One of our favorite purchases hands down!
Published 1 month ago by Happy Winkie
4.0 out of 5 stars giggle. giggle. sNort
My students really enjoy these poems.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book!!!
Published 7 months ago by grandmother nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars I worked with Amy and knew she was a great reading teacher
I worked with Amy and knew she was a great reading teacher. I loved the poetry in this book. The lesson plans are easy to follow. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Debbie Eidelbedrg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great poems, love the lessons that go with each.
Published 7 months ago by Rj
5.0 out of 5 stars funny book, had done great quality time reading it ...
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
Published 8 months ago by Felicia Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The writting was negative and did not encourage behavior that we need to establish in our children.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive!
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. Read more
Published 8 months ago by LadyD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun program to help with reading and verbal skills,.
Published 8 months ago by Eloise
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