Second in a series! Poem: "April Fool"
"April Fool" focuses on a surprising turn of events when students go to the school lunchroom on April 1st! A repeated phrase in the poem demonstrates the students' eagerness to eat lunch that day and helps emergent readers keep track of the words.
When teachers use student-friendly poetry for repeated reading opportunities, reluctant readers can be encouraged and motivated to engage in literacy activities that will increase their fluency, phonics skills, decoding abilities, sight word recognition, and, ultimately, comprehension. Familiar rereading of poems can be especially effective for struggling and emergent readers.
Copies of the poem, "April Fool," can be used for fluency and word work activities during initial instruction. Copies can also be included in booklets for partner reading. A two-page teacher's guide with suggested week-long mini-lessons is included with the original poem.
The poem and activities in the guide have been used successfully with elementary students in urban and suburban school settings. The students included ESL, RTI, and Special Ed students, along with Regular Ed students.
Consistent use of weekly poems for familiar rereading and word work have contributed to increased reading fluency results for my students on Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM) assessments. Increased fluency has also positively impacted their reading results on Discovery Education tests.
Susan Weaver Jones