Happy Holidays Readers! Welcome to our Gift of Reading Blog hop! This is our Second Annual Gift of Reading hop, and I would like to thank Wendy at Read With Me ABC and Andrea at Reading Toward the Stars for working together to get us all organized.
Over the past two months, I've been gradually working on building a new product line geared toward fluency and comprehension, and I thought I'd share one with you this weekend for our hop. Many teachers use a Daily Five approach to organizing their language arts blocks, and this product is intended to be used during the Read with Partner segment, in guided reading groups, or both. These two person skits are a variation on Reader's Theater and are intended to help students practice fluency through repeated readings with the added component of comprehension skills and strategies. This unit is intended to be taught in segments. The first step is pre-reading with a quick brainstorming activity. Students make a list of the books they think would make great gifts for others. Vocabulary words can be selected for pre-teaching depending on the level of your students, and I did select a few tier 2 words for vocabulary work. I think the target grade for this particular script would be third grade, but since it isn't heavy with vocabulary, it might work for second or extend to fourth.
So once students have a purpose for reading, it's time to pair up. The script is four pages in length and focuses on the book, The Polar Express and the idea of having faith in things even when it doesn't seem possible. James is a struggling reader and hates to read (sound familiar??). He and his mom read The Polar Express together, enjoy it, and on Christmas day, he gets a surprise gift. (I know the story is not a likely Newberry Award winner, but remember the point is fluency building, right. :-)
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