Fourth in a series! Poem: "Holidays"
"Holidays" was written in appreciation of different holidays celebrated together with family and friends. Illustrations include pictures for three such holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's Eve. Within the poem, unspecified holidays are described in general ways, so the poem is appropriate and inclusive for students who celebrate a variety of holidays.
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, their comprehension. Familiar rereading of poems can be especially effective for struggling and emergent readers.
Copies of the poem, "Holidays," can be used for 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 rural, 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