Gingerbread Men (And Ladies) are always a fun addition to any primary classroom. The extension ideas are endless–but bring your Gingerbread Unit to a fun launch with the play The Gingerbread Man.For other great ideas about Gingerbread Men, check out Shari Carter’s ideas for the missing Gingerbread Man. This creative teacher has such clever ideas–like The Gingerbread Man Hunt.
Shari Carter, a Kindergarten Teacher in Idaho is a wonder with clever and fun ideas for younger students. We think she is amazing! Thanks Shari for sharing your great ideas with teachers!
Hooray for SpringK-2 a play which includes rhymes, repetition, and predictable language to help bolster young children’s reading and oral language skills. Comes complete with teaching strategies and cross-curricular extensions. Also Viva La Primavera in Spanish.
All Aboard the Earth TrainK-2 Explore the things that live on earth in this short science play. Play includes rhyme, repetition, and predictable language to help young learners build reading confidence. Great for Earth Day-April 22.
Being a Kite3+ Spring Poem and Playlet. This poetry play includes an easy lesson plan to help you teach the essentials of poetic form PLUS terrific tips for presenting the plays in your classroom.
Fly High ButterflyK-1 Explore the life cycle of butterflies in this short science play. Play includes rhyme, repetition, and predictable language.
My students were excited to begin our plant unit, and the play From Seed to Plant was a great introduction to it that I found in ereaderstheater.com was a real bargain at only 99 cents.
The play, which is written as a poem, has four characters: Seed/Plant, Soil, Water, and Sun.
All the girls got to play the part of the seed that grows into a plant, and recited the two verses together. Three groups of boys performed each of the remaining characters (one verse each).
Afterwards, we planted bean seeds in wet paper towels, placed them in plastic Ziploc bags, and hung them in the window to watch them grow. After our seeds grew into seedlings, we planted them outside in a big pot and watered them daily to watch them grow even taller. When the beans started to grow like a real plant, we performed the play again and created a bulletin board that covered all of the steps a seed takes to grow into a plant.
Print extra copies of the script for students who have misplaced their scripts.
Keep a master copy close by on a handy clipboard. If you find clipboards on sale at the dollar store—it is a great idea to have clipboards for each student to hold their scripts in their hands.
Have highlighter pens for students to highlight their speaking roles. Some teachers like to use acetate covers or clear plastic folders over the script so that students can mark up the script.
When you select a script to do with your class—make it an event! Begin the script by reading it aloud to your class. Then hand out the scripts and read the play again to the students allowing them to hear your excitement as you read.
Be sure to make reference to the original source of the play. If the script is an adaptation from a book, be sure to have the book in the classroom so that students can make the connection to the book.
When you coach your students–aim your coaching specifically at a character’s emotions and motivations.
Send the scripts home with students to practice. Reading to parents is a great opportunity to build reading fluency by practicing at home.
Consider inviting an audience to watch the Readers Theater presentation. Students enjoy performing for one another.
Above all–Have fun with Readers Theater and staging plays. Remember that this is a fun way to encourage fluency in reading but it is also a fun and memorable activity for your students.
And check out ereaderstheater.com for great plays, ideas and teacher support. Just browse, print and produce!
February 14th–Day of candy hearts and sticky hands…lots of hearts and lace doilies. Why not think about a class play for this fun February holiday? ereaderstheater has great ideas for less than $1.00.
Valentine’s Day Around the Clock K-2 includes Rhyme, repetition, predictable text, and supportive illustrations help young children gain reading confidence. Includes extension activities across the curriculum and literature links!
Cupid’s Day Off Includes cross-curricular extension activities and book links. Perfect for classroom read-alouds or full-scale productions.