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Dr. Joanne Meier

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We're hot! We're bored!

June 16, 2009

What's a Mom/reading specialist to do? We're 8 days into summer vacation, and we've already run out of things to do. If you're at my house, the answer is…. Reader's Theater!

My girls have always loved to put on a show. They love dress up, props, and performing for an audience. Molly and Anna had a friend over, so they recruited her to join in too.

A Google search turned up hundreds of Reader's Theater scripts. I wanted one that would work across reading levels, and had multiple parts (it's more fun if each person has a few parts). Voilà! We chose a script and the girls disappeared for hour to practice their parts.

And here they are with our cure for a hot, boring day, performing part of The Wizard, The Fairy, and The Magic Chicken, courtesy of Timeless Teacher Stuff. (p.s., sound effects optional!)

To read more about Reader's Theater, a rereading strategy that can encourage fluency development:
Reader's Theater: Giving Students a Reason to Read Aloud
Readers' Theater: Oral Language Enrichment and Literacy Development for ELLs


It is so hard to keep children engaged over the summer and make sure their reading skills don't fall behind. This sounds like a great way to get children excited about reading!

Applause to the young ladies, I thoroughly enjoyed the Reader's Theater!

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