Reader's Theater - Calming the Chaos

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Welcome to the Calming the Chaos Blog Hop hosted by 2peasandadog. All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly.  Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two! Don't forget to enter the giveaway!
Happy Hopping!

The end of the year is near! That means it's time to get creative to keep our kiddos engaged and learning those last few weeks of school! I LOVE to do reader's theater with my kiddos at the end of the year! I use free reader's theater scripts that I find online (I try to get ones for books I have in our classroom library). 

We start with a read aloud of the book that the scripts come from. I then break the kiddos into small groups so each student has a part and once they have practiced a few days and are comfortable with the scripts, they can go around to other classrooms and perform for other students! This is their favorite part! 

There are SO many things that I love about readers theater! It enhances students' reading skills and boosts their confidence and understanding of the story through repeated readings. They are very willing to reread their scripts over and over, when their typical response to repeated reading is less than enthusiastic (Shhh... This is a GREAT fluency activity!). Reader's theater is fun, motivating, and many reluctant reader's jump right into it!

Here are some FREEBIE reader's theater scripts: 

Margie Palatini - These are my kids FAVORITE reader's theater scripts! Margie Palatini's books are SO funny and fun to act out! 

Teaching Heart Reader's Theater
Have Fun Teaching
The Best Class
Reader's Theater
Free Reader's Theater
Busy Teacher Cafe
Reader's Theater Scripts


  1. Hi Michaela! I just found your blog through Kristy's blog hop, I'm your newest follower!

    Science for Kids Blog

  2. Great idea! I just found your blog through the hop, and so glad I did! I am a new follower...

    All the best--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  3. Hi again, Michaela! I think you must be part of as many giveaways and blog hops as I am lately. Getting hard to keep track of them all!
    Thanks for the freebies!

    Whimsy Workshop

    1. I am, and I agree! It's getting SO hard to keep track of them all! It sure is fun getting out there and finding new blogs though!

  4. I'm so glad the blog hop brought me by your blog today! My kiddos LOVE readers theatre so I am definitely loving your freebie and the links you provided. This is something I will be using in the next few weeks. Thank you!
    :) Melissa


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