Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Reader's Theatre: Oral Reading Practice with Fluency and Expression


Punctuation is a great guide for using expression when reading aloud!
This is on our focus board. It reminds students when to sound excited, when to ask a question, and when to make a statement as they read.
Oral reading activities to practice fluency and expression using Reader's Theater!
Reader's Theatre has been an AMAZING way to develop my students' fluency and expression in their reading.
Oral reading activities to practice fluency and expression using Reader's Theater!
We used these fantastic books to practice reading aloud.
Oral reading activities to practice fluency and expression using Reader's Theater!
Since there were no robots in the stories, they should not sound like robots as they read :)
Oral reading activities to practice fluency and expression using Reader's Theater!
I started by dividing the class into groups. I gave the groups their scripts, and had my students look them over.
Oral reading activities to practice fluency and expression using Reader's Theater!
I didn't assign the speaking parts. I let them see what would be a 'good fit' for them {too many words/not enough reading/words are too difficult/etc}.
Oral reading activities to practice fluency and expression using Reader's Theater!
After they chose their parts, it was time to rehearse!
Oral reading activities to practice fluency and expression using Reader's Theater!
They sounded fantastic! I was so excited to hear the fluency and expression develop over such a short time!
Oral reading activities to practice fluency and expression using Reader's Theater!
They were great at helping each other figure out words and giving each other 'advice'. :) 
Oral reading activities to practice fluency and expression using Reader's Theater!
They sounded SO good, we just had to perform for the younger students!
Oral reading activities to practice fluency and expression using Reader's Theater!
I highly recommend these books as well as incorporating Reader's Theatre into your reading program. It makes a HUGE difference in their oral reading abilities!
Oral reading activities to practice fluency and expression using Reader's Theater!
No more robots!

1 comments:

Mark said...

I love reader's theater as well. I have been getting a play or two each month from http://monthbymonth.scholastic.com/ This month there are plays about butterflies and earth day. Usually I don't need to do anything to the plays to make them RT ready.

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