Gift of Reading Blog Hop

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.  
slide2-1711501Over 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.

script2bpreview-1969343So 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. 🙂  


Once the students complete the reading, they are ready for comprehension. The set includes comprehension question task cards for group discussion (You might use a set for each group to discuss/respond in pairs during reading too), a written response page, and a holiday themed writing paper that can be used with the prompt provided. To access this file, just click the file preview below.

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Look for more partner scripts coming in the future, and before you go on to the next stop, please enter to win a copy of my partner scripts or a bundle of your choice from my store in the Rafflecopter below.

I believe Colleen is ready for you “next door”, so hop on over and see what great ideas await you there!
Happy Holidays!


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  1. Thanks so much for the partner reading script! I can't wait to use it in my guided reading groups in December. I love the comprehension/extension questions that go along with it!


  2. I am going to pushing my students to do even better than they are now. We are going to become stronger readers.

  3. Anonymous

    I actually plan to hit fluency even harder, especially working on slowing down and taking the time to decode larger words (I teach Title I). Then, I'll be working on comprehension skills as well. This resource looks PERFECT for what I'd like to do and I can't wait to try it out! Thanks SO much!!

  4. Thanks for the opportunity and for joining this blog hop! I'd like to "cook up" the best readers and friendly class I can. 🙂

  5. I love to give a classic story as a book gift 🙂

  6. I love to give my nephews and nieces books that I enjoyed reading. I also love to give them books that have been autographed.

  7. For the right person, you can't go wrong with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

  8. I usually order books from Scholastic for my gifts. I look for the sale books that have a great lesson in them.

  9. Thanks for the opportunity. I enjoy giving books that I read as a child and anything that might be of interest to the person.

  10. I buy the $1 books from Scholastic for my kiddos. But for reading to the kids I have many favorites, The Little Lamb by Max Lucado, old classic The Night Before Christmas, old classic Polar Express, there are so many….

  11. I like to give The Mitten or The Snowy Day, but I also love to give my favorites, Make Way for Ducklings, The Giving Tree, and Polar Express.

  12. My gift tastes are changing as I am teaching new grade levels this year! One book I like to give would be any of the Junie B. Jones books. She gets into enough trouble to hold the attention of my boys as well as my girls! I love to give Kevin Henkes books too.

  13. You're so talented with your blogging and TpT, Carla! I am always learning so much from you and I'm so thankful to be a part of our Reading Crew! Great job on your freebie – perhaps one day I'll start to think about creating brand new content! 🙂

  14. I always buy the $1 gifts from scholastic! I love your blog! This is my first time here! Thanks for the freebie!

  15. I just love your partner scripts! I'm looking forward to using this one with my students. 🙂 SO thankful you joined us for the hop!

  16. What a wonderful idea; my kids LOVE scripts!! Thanks! My favorite books to give (3rd-5th graders) are any books by Andrew Clements; kids can totally relate to his characters & they always have a plot twist!

  17. Your partner reading activity is also a great drama activity! Thank you so much =)

  18. I will be giving the Rosie Effect as gifts this holiday season =)

  19. I love the idea of partner scripts. This gives each child plenty of reading practice! I was just thinking today about getting books for my students, so hope to use my scholastic book order.
    Burke's Special Kids

  20. I actually like to give my students gift certificates to Scholastic that I purchase through the Classroom Rewards insert! It is always a hit =).

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