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Are you looking for an engaging reading activity to do on those first few weeks of school? Check out this Mystery Readers' Theater script that contains parts for 25 readers! The Readers’ Theater script is set in a classroom during the first week of school.
Codes are written right into the script. Your students will be directly involved in solving this mystery right along with the characters in the script! Your students will "crack the codes" at the conclusion of each scene. By the time your students read the last scene, they will most likely solve the mystery for themselves.
This activity also incorporates the following classroom expectations I always like to establish at the beginning of the school year:
- Come to class prepared (with homework done, pencils sharpened, ready to learn).
- Treat everyone with respect.
- Be polite and kind to others.
- Always try your hardest/do your best.
- Don't interrupt others when they are talking.
- Always have a book with you so that you can read if you finish your work early.
I created this script with third, fourth, and fifth grade students in mind when I wanted a unique back-to-school activity. I have a followup activity in which students have the opportunity to solve their OWN mystery by completing worksheets and "cracking more codes". If you're interested, check it out! Back to School Mystery Activity: Crack the codes on 8 review worksheets!