Decodable Reader's Theatre Plays - Phonics Based Scripts - SOR Aligned

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Aylin Claahsen
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K - 1st, Homeschool
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These provide a great way to work on fluency with my struggling readers. They really enjoy them, and I love that they are doing repeated reads to build their fluency!


Grab these Decodable Reader's Theatre Plays with comprehension questions to help students review phonics patterns. These activities are great for small groups. Students will focus on decoding words as they read their part in each play. They will also work on their fluency skills as they practice reading aloud and performing the play. Aligned to the Science of Reading, these activities will help your students make progress in their abilities to read.

Reasons to use Decodable Reader’s Theatre Plays:

  • To review phonics pattens.
  • To help students practice decoding words, in context.
  • To help students read sentences with specific phonics patterns.
  • To help students work on fluency: expression and smoothness.
  • To help students respond to comprehension questions.
  • To build readers' confidence.
  • To have a go-to Fun Friday activity!

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What's included?

  • 20 decodable Reader's Theatre Plays
  • 2 plays for each phonics pattern and 2 additional review plays
  • Comprehension questions for each play
  • These decodable plays follow my scope & sequence, which goes in this order:
    • CVC words
    • Digraphs (sh, ch, the, wh, qu, ck)
    • Beginning Blends (s, l, r blends)
    • Ending Blends (s, t, l, m, n blends)
    • Added Endings (s, es, ing, ed/d)
    • CVCe words
    • R-Controlled Vowels
    • Vowel Teams / Long Vowel Sounds
    • Diphthongs
    • The plays also include high frequency words (from Dolch Pre-Primer and Primer list, mainly).

How do you use these decodable Reader's Theatre plays?

  1. Make four copies of each play so each student has their own page to read from.
  2. Choose an appropriate play for each small group- keep in mind students’ current reading abilities and choose a phonics pattern they’re currently confident in reading.
  3. Assign each student a character in their play. There are four characters in each play.
  4. Read the lines of each play, all together, first, so students are prepared when they go practice independently.
  5. Then students will practice their own parts, focusing on expression, pace, smoothness, and phrasing.
  6. Each small group can then perform the play. (If you have time, have students create backgrounds, or props, for their plays.)
  7. All students can then complete the comprehension page for their play.
  8. These plays can be repeated by small groups- simply have the students switch roles!

Who are these Reader's Theatre plays for?

  • Classroom teachers
  • Special education teachers with student fluency and decoding goals
  • Reading specialists/interventionists/reading teachers
  • Classroom aides/assistants
  • Parent helpers
  • ESL teachers

This pack of decodable Reader's Theatre plays and comprehension questions is intended for Kindergarten and 1st Grade. But, it can also be used for a variety of grade levels, based on the current reading level of students.

These plays work great in small groups. Students can also practice their part independently and then practice reading aloud with their small group.

The goal of this pack is to assist your readers improve decoding abilities as well as their fluent reading skills.

I hope you and your students love these Reader's Theatre plays!


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