Reader's Theater for Literacy Centers: 10 Original plays/ 2 Roles

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Playful in Primary
Grade Levels
K - 2nd
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108 pages
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My students loved reading these plays at the end of the school year. In the future I plan to use them for partner reading during center time.
My firsties had never heard of readers' theater before. When I taught them how to use the scripts, they totally fell in love with it. I use them for centers.


•10 Fun and original Reader’s Theater Plays
•2 roles per Reader's Theater play with a highlighted script for each character
•Perfect for your independent Literacy Centers, Language Arts activities, fluency practice, as Read to Someone during Daily 5 and much more!
•Each Reader's Theater comes with a Common Core aligned comprehension activity
•Bright and colorful puppets accompany each Reader's Theater.
•Each Reader's Theater is 3 pages long. Great for file folder storage!

A list of Reader's Theater plays and topics:
"The Wiggly Tooth"- The Tooth Fairy has to brainstorm other things to collect while waiting for a tooth to fall out.
-Comprehension Activity- Creative writing activity where the student draws and writes about a collection they would like to start.
"Clean as a Pig"- Pig and Frog learn to try something new...and discover they actually like compromising.
-Comprehension Activity- Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the two main characters.
"The Surprise Party"- Penguin shows what a good friend he is by planning a birthday treat for his buddy.
-Comprehension Activity- Students practice making a list of supplies they will need to throw penguin a party.
"Who Was Here First?"- Dinosaur and Alligator don't always see eye to eye until they decide it is more fun to be on the same team.
-Comprehension Activity- This activity is all about finding the setting of the play.
"The Lost Treasure"- What do two pirates do with a big treasure? They put it to a good cause.
-Comprehension Activity- Where is your treasure buried? The students will map out their ideas and then write about what they would do with the treasure.
"One Small Hoop"- A funny story of an elephant more interested in eating peanuts then performing a trick.
-Comprehension Activity- The students will draw a picture of a trick they would teach the elephant and then describe the trick.
"Monster's First Day"- Purple monster is nervous about his first day of school. Green monster makes him realize that being different is cool.
-Comprehension Activity- Students will make a text to self connection with the nervous monster.
"The Missing Cookie"- Cat Detective is on the case to find Dog's missing cookie. They search high and low until it is found.
-Comprehension Activity-Students will sequence the story with a fun cookie activity.
"The Long Wait"- Butterfly helps Caterpillar see the beauty of being green.
-Comprehension Activity- A bubble chart is used to practice brainstorming describing words of the main character.
"The Sleepy Owl"- Owl is in quite the predicament! He can’t decide what to do about the bright sun when he is so sleepy. They come up with a smart solution by working together.
-Comprehension Activity- Students will come up with solutions for the owl to catch some zzz’s.

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Total Pages
108 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.


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