RE 5040 Fall 2011
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Response to Mary Beth
Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:00

My students absolutely loved Readers' Theater. I used a familiar story for my 1st through 3rd graders, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I found it online and it was already split up into parts; there were five parts in all. I read one part while the other students each had one part. I highlighted on each student's copy the sections that they would read. Each day, students practiced his/her part by themselves, using a whisper phone. Students rotated one at a time, reading their part aloud to me so that I could model and help with any unfamiliar words. At the end of the practice session, everyone read aloud their part. By the sixth day, it was almost perfect. Students were reading with much better fluency. The story was a little difficult for them, but because we had so many times to practice with the same script, it was awesome to hear them read on the final day of the intervention. I would definitely do this again, but next time, I will video them and let them watch it. I think that would be even more motivating for them.

  • Re: Sarah Atkins/Carla Beasley - MaryBeth, Tue Nov 22 09:32
    I enjoyed your presentation! Our group studied fluency as well, but only focused on one strategy (repeated poetry readings)and I like that you tried 3 different interventions. Did you find that the... more
    • Response to MaryBeth - beasleycm, Wed Nov 23 10:22
      With my group, I found the readers' theater script online at Waltke's Web, 2nd Grade. I used the The Three Billy Goats Gruff for the script because of interest level and it had the same number of... more
      • Reader's Theater - MaryBeth, Tue Nov 29 08:09
        I checked out the Waltke's Web site. WOW! They have a ton of Reader's Theater scripts. I've been out of teaching for four years now, and sometimes I am amazed at how many more resources there are on... more
    • Response to Mary Beth - atkinssh, Tue Nov 22 12:00
      • Re: Response to Mary Beth - crousejs, Thu Dec 1 23:02
        I could not survive first grade without my whisper phones! One of the ways we use them is to practice sounds of letters. I went to a Reading Academy workshop and I can still remember the presenter... more
      • Whisper Phones - MaryBeth, Tue Nov 29 08:13
        Love the whisper phone idea. What a great way to let them practice! I like that you used a familiar story for Reader's theater...kind of gives it a new twist. It's pretty cool that you can find... more
        • Reply to Mary Beth - atkinssh, Wed Nov 30 00:23
          Mary Beth, I shared this link with someone else on the threaded discussion. I'm not sure what grade you teach, but there are a tremendous amount of Readers' Theater text that are already divided into ... more
          • website - MaryBeth, Wed Nov 30 10:24
            Thank you so much! I know finding materials for reader's theater can sometimes be the most difficult part of implementing it because if you can't find the materials, often you have to end up adapting ... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011