Gingerbread Man Play & Teaching Ideas

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.screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-7-43-13-pmFor 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.

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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!

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From Seed to Plant

by Allie Magnusson

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.

Learning about Seeds to Plants
Students revisit the play on our plant bulletin board.

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.

 

Observing our seeds (1)

 

 

Soil, Grass, Sky
STEP 1–Sky, grass, soil on the bulletin board
Adding parts of the play!
STEP 2–Sky, grass, soil on the bulletin board

 

Learning about Seeds to Plants
STEP 3–Sky, grass, soil on the bulletin board

“From Seed to Plant,” from  eReaderstheater.com, was an awesome resource that helped make our plant unit “come alive!”

The play is also available in Spanish. De-La-Semilla-A-La-Planta for 99 Cents!

 

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Allie Magnuson has been teaching kindergarten for 11 years. She loves to incorporate plays into her reading curriculum and is overjoyed by the number and variety of plays available on eReaders Theater. 

 

Teacher Tips For Doing a Class Play

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  • 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 Fun Plays-Groundhogs Galore!

 

poster1February is filled with fun opportunities to do a play. eReaderstheater.com has plenty of ready-to-go February ideas for staging quick plays in your classroom. All February plays are only 99 Cents! First up…Tomorrow, February 2 is Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day Grades K-1  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. In Spanish too! Dia De La Marmota

The Rabbit who Stole Groundhog Day  Grades 1-3  includes cross-curricular extension activities and book links. Perfect for classroom read-alouds!