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This index page contains:
High Frequency Words The first 1200 english words a child will see in writing by frequency of use.
Readers Theater activities appropriate for Elementary School children.
Language Arts materials that I collected in 25 years of teaching 6th grade; more being added over time.
A link to my Math links page and hundreds of downloadable Daily Math Practice sheets I have uploaded.
A link to Music suitable for classrooms.
All materials are ready for printing.
The high frequency word lists contain the words found in children's reading books in order of the
frequency in which they occur. If students were to learn just the words contained on the very first list
(words 1 to 100), they will have learned half of all the words they will come across in children's
reading materials! They are especially good lists for ELL and ELD students and are great to draw from for
spelling development in general.
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To access a particular script, simply click on its title in the list. You can print the scripts out
just as you see them, or, if you wish to modify them in any way (font type, size, line spacing, etc.) you can
do a "Select All" (or simply drag through all the text from top to bottom to select it) and Copy it to your
clipboard. Then Paste it into an open page of your favorite word processor, manipulate the text to suite
your needs (larger print for primaries???) and print!
You may opt to download the scripts as pdf files. Just click the pdf link next to the script title/link.
Another possible solution, which I originally had in mind, was to simply print out the desired material
and blow it up on the workroom copy machine for making multiple printouts.
Questions about vocabulary words and the assignment of characters have cropped up over the years that
Mrs. McGowan's Class
Readers Theatre Digest
Click for Reader's Theater Editions
Scripts adapted from stories by Aaron Shepard and others. Grade levels for performers fall mostly
between 3 and 9.
Yahoo or Google searches for "Readers Theater" searches will lead you to many other sites.
I've had my RT materials posted online so I've decided to add this little bit right here.
I always wanted RT to be a fun activity, so did not assign vocabulary words as homework. When I
determined that an RT script contained words that I thought would need explaining in order to make the
play understandable, I'd write them on the board (or at times in the early days on a "ditto---
remember what they were?
Probably not. :-) ) and we'd go over them together.
Character Part Assignment
Believe it or not, some students do NOT want to participate. That did not save them, however, as this
actually was (fun as it usually turned out to be) a reading activity, and everyone participated in one
way or another. My class size (6th grade) was always around 31. I usually had prepared a small, easy-
to-fill-out form, with check marks or fill in the box... sheet for the audience to use to "grade" the
performance (oh, oh...pressure!) and if the parts were few enough I'd have the piece given twice, or
even 3 times (competition) with the audience then being the performers/readers, each group grading the
other/s. Sometimes I'd give them time to rehearse with their group outside the room rather than reading
cold...depending on the piece.
Among other things, the critique sheet would ask for a grade (usually a +, √, or - ) on:
Clarity of voice
Believability of character
What was your favorite character/part and why?
Unless you know your students very well (as in a self contained classroom) you'll have to decide as to
whether or not you want them to pick their own parts. I usually matched up the parts with the students
I thought would do the best with them, but not always.
Girls in the upper grades often don't mind reading a male part, but many (not all) boys may reject
the idea of reading a female part... again, depending on the RT script.
For many of the RTs I did year after year I had little signs prepared that I kept in an envelope...
sentence-strip sized paper with character names written on them large enough to be easily read by the
audience... and a number of 2 foot (or so) strings with paper clips on both ends to affix the strip
around the neck of each reader.
Reader's Theater TitlesWhenever known, original authors' names are given.
- America pdf
- And the Dish Ran Away With The Spoon pdf
- Animal Trainer, The pdf
- Ant And The Grasshopper, The pdf
- Arthur's Christmas pdf
- A Bad Case of the Stripes pdf
- Bad Kangaroo, The pdf
- Bee and the Goats, The pdf
- Belling The Cat pdf
- Billy Goats' Gruff pdf
- Billy Goats' Gruff1 pdf
- Billy Goats' Gruff2 pdf
- Birbal Paradise pdf
- Bremen Town Musicians, The pdf
- Chicken Little pdf
- Child And the Baker, The pdf
- A Christmas Carol pdf
- Christmas Everywhere pdf
- Cinderella V1 pdf
- Cinderella V2 pdf
- Cinderella Bigfoot pdf
- City Mouse Country Mouse pdf
- Clever Lucy pdf
- Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type pdf
- Daisy-Head Mayzie pdf
- Dentist, The pdf
- Dinorella pdf
- Dinosaur Land pdf
- Dog Breath pdf
- Dom DeLouise's Hansel and Gretel pdf
- Doris: A Dog's Life pdf
- Double Trouble in Walla Walla pdf
- East of the Sun and West of the Moon pdf
- Elephant's Child, The pdf
- Fish Tank, The pdf
- Frog Or Toad pdf
- Frog Prince Continued pdf
- Fourth Little Pig, The pdf
- Gingerbread Boy, The pdf
- Gingerbread Man, The pdf
- Goldilocks pdf
- Great Big Enormous Turnip, The pdf
- Great Apple Slice Escape pdf
- Great Kapok Tree, The pdf
- Green Kangaroo, The pdf
- Gretchen Grounhog, It's Your Day pdf
- Gullible's Troubles pdf
- Hallowiener pdf
- Hansel and Gretel pdf
- Hat, The pdf
- Holdup At Ambush Canyon pdf
- Hooway for Wodney Wat pdf
- How I Grew Up pdf
- Hula Hoop Champion, The pdf
- Humpty Dumpty pdf
- It Wasn't My Fault pdf
- Jack In The Beanstalk pdf
- Jack In The Beanstalk 2 pdf
- Jack, the Cunning Thief pdf
- Jessica pdf
- King's Breakfast, The pdf
- King's Wish, The pdf
- Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens pdf
- Listen Buddy pdf
- Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything pdf
- Little Red Hen, The pdf
- Little Red Riding Hood pdf
- Magic Carpet Ride, The pdf
- Magic Flamingo, The pdf
- Magicians Of Bremen pdf
- Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch pdf
- Meet The Big Cats pdf
- Me First pdf
- No Bath Tonight! pdf
- Owen pdf
- Piggy Pie pdf
- Pippi Goes To School pdf
- A Porcupine Named Fluffy pdf
- Principal's New Clothes, The pdf
- Red Balloon, The pdf
- Red Hen Ball, The pdf
- Redheaded Robbie's Christmas Story pdf
- Rhymes Ruined pdf
- Rumplestiltskin pdf
- Rump and Ugla pdf
- Shiela Ray The Brave pdf
- Simile pdf
- Sleeping Beauty (Briar Rose) pdf
- Story of Sleeping Ugly, The pdf
- Snowballs pdf
- Stellaluna pdf
- Stonecutter, The pdf
- Tacky the Penguin pdf
- Thanksgiving ABC's pdf
- There's a Werewolf In Town pdf
- Three Little Javelinas pdf
- Three Little Pigs pdf
- Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig pdf
- Three Wishes - 6 parts pdf
- Too Much Noise - 17 Parts pdf
- Trial of Socrates, The pdf
- True Story of the Three Pigs, The pdf
- Turkey Trotten pdf
- TV Repair Person, The pdf
- Very Hungry Caterpillar, The pdf
- Wemberly Worried pdf
- Wendall pdf
- Whales pdf
- What, No Santa? pdf
- Where Once There Was a Wood pdf
- Where The Wild Things Are pdf
- Who Was King? pdf
- The Wizard, The Fairy, and the Magic Chicken pdf
- Wodnet The Wat pdf
- WorryWarts pdf
Other Locations for Readers Theater Activities
Other Language Materials
Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe 1849
Creation Of Sam McGee, The
Everybody Has a Name
Had Had Challenge
Handwriting Practice Activity Need a useful detention activity? Handwriting Practice lines by letter.
If, by Rudyard Kipling
Is That You Edgar?
Oh, That English
Oh, That English 2
Oral Language 10-Second 'Speeches'
Oral Language Topics
Paul Revere's Ride
Road Not Taken, The
Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Day
This Is English
Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life
Words to Use Instead of Said
Writing For Fun
Writing Task Collection
Joanne's Links Here's another great collection of links for teachers. Wow!
Tale Spinners for Children Wonderful site--dozens of audio tales such as Goldilocks, Robin Hood, Snow White.... Download mp3 files
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