Second Grade Nest: Reader's Theater for the Year

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reader's Theater for the Year

Reader's Theater was a HIT in my classroom last year. We used it at least twice a week. 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom

Oh, my!! I LOVE this puppet theater.
Rowdy in Room 300 posted this on her blog and I cannot wait to make it. 
I love using Reader's Theater in the classroom. My Reader's Theater packs have character cards for headbands, but I totally want to put them on craft sticks now and let them act it out in the puppet theater! 


Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
These are the headbands that we have always used. 
Another option: put them on craft sticks!! 



Reader's Theater process in my classroom: 
-Group children in tiered groups so the higher students can help the lower students.
-Assign each student a part.
-Groups work together to practice their lines 4-5 times. 
-I then partner 2-3 groups together and assign who presents first, second, and third.
-After the groups have performed their plays, I tell them all to trade scripts and they start over.

I always have 5-6 different stories a day for the groups so they aren't all doing the same thing.
[Keep track of what groups do what scripts so they aren't doing the same story all the time.]

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Practice, practice, practice.

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Practice makes perfect. 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Learning their scripts. 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Performance time! 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Performing for their teacher! 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Groups performing for each other! 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Love the enthusiasm in the group watching! 


Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom 
My Reader's Theater comes with highlighted scripts and headbands. 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
A big question I get about my Reader's Theater is if the highlights show through if you print it black and white. When you print black and white, they show up gray. If you are okay with gray, it's perfectly fine to leave it that way. You students should still be able to find their lines. However, I like having parent volunteers or even responsible students to help out during free time. 


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