Editor's note: Kriscia Cabral is a Scholastic Top Teaching blogger and a big fan of Storyworks. Kriscia loves to use reader's theater in her class to build fluency and get kids working together in a unique way. Check out her strategy below and try it in your classroom for some post-testing fun!
I love reader's theater, and it's a big part of my classroom. We do a weekly reader's theater presentation using every read-aloud play provided in Storyworks. The first time we did it, the students wanted to act it out for the class instead of simply reading it from their desks. One group got the idea of adding scenes and props. Another group thought it would be fun to intrepret the story as a puppet show! My favorite part of this strategy is that it gives me an opportunity to hand over learning to my students and let them take the lead.
- Presentation skills
- First, I have students form groups. Often they pick their groups themselves, but sometimes I select them based on reading groups, or if I want them to work as a mix of high, medium and low readers. I also have the kids assign their own roles within their groups.
- Then, students decide how they want to present the play to the class. Sometimes this takes the form of a puppet show, or a podcast with students recording themselves with different voices, or a live-action play. Each group gets to select how they'd like to present the play. The possibilities are so exciting for the kids!