Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Readers Theatre Activities Build Reading Fluency

During an author assembly at Jefferson School in Paramount, CA, I invited 2nd grade teachers to perform for their students,  
a Reader's Theatre version of my book Creepy Crawly Bugs.
Rereading familiar text is one powerful way to increase fluency. Here is a quote by Timothy V. Rasinski from a book I highly recommend, The Fluent Reader (Scholastic 2003).
"Reader's Theatre is an authentic, entertaining, and educationally powerful way to read and communicate meaning. When implemented properly, it offers many opportunities for students to practice reading in multiple and meaningful ways. And we are gaining evidence from classroom research that reader's theatre yields improvments in students' word recognition, fluency, and comprehension."
Click the image below to download the Creepy, Crawly Bugs reproducibles. One is a Reader's Theatre script and the other is in poetry format to be included in students' Poetry Journals.
You can find reader's theatre scripts in many teacher resource books as well as on numerous websites. Or, adapt the books your students are reading to reader's theatre format.



  1. What a great idea. Please add my e-mail address to get your blog. Thank you. Susan

  2. Thank you for sharing! I teach first graders who are just starting to read, and for some of them it is very choppy! I downloaded the script and I can't wait to use this with my non-fluent readers! :)

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