Free Downloadable Teaching Resources for Grades PreK–1

Resources for the title The Farmer’s Wife

Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater

Giving Students a Reason to Read, and Re-Read, Aloud

Download the printable instruction here.
Download the printable one-act dramatic play here.
Download the reading skills assessment chart here.

OVERVIEW:

  • The reader’s theater strategy combines students’ desire to perform with their need for oral reading practice. Reader’s theater offers an entertaining and engaging means of improving fluency through repetition, reading with expression, and enhancing comprehension.
  • Reader’s theater is a way to involve students in reading aloud. In reader’s theater, students “perform” by reading the Hoopoe books’ scripts created for this purpose. Students can perform the scripts with or without costumes or props.

RATIONALE:

  • Reader’s theater is a strategy that combines reading (and re-reading) practice and performing. Its goal is to enhance students’ reading skills and confidence by having them practice reading with a purpose. Reader’s theater gives students an authentic reason to read aloud.

OUTCOMES:

  • Re-Reading to Develop Fluency:

Reader’s theatre motivates reluctant readers and English language learners, and provides fluent readers the opportunity to explore genre and characterization. Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater scripts can be used as early as first-grade. Re-reading is a key factor in developing fluency, which is necessary for comprehension. Students don’t even realize they are re-reading as they practice the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Understanding:

The value of reader’s theater is increased when used as a strategy for increasing understanding of what is being read. Students also practice reading with expression when they take on the roles in the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Voice:

Reader’s theater is a wonderful technique for helping readers learn to read aloud with expression and joy. Performing reader’s theater without props allows the readers to learn that the inflection in their voices needs to provide much of the drama of the story.

TESTIMONIAL:

  • I love watching my English language learners gain more fluency and confidence as they perform the Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theaters,” says educator and I Have a Dream volunteer, Leanne Lockhart. “They love hamming it up and making costumes and scenery too.”

INSTRUCTIONS:

Some students are hams — they just don’t know it until they get up in front of the group. There is no risk in reader’s theater, because no memorization is required. And, there’s opportunity for practice, so struggling readers are not put on the spot.

  • Hand out a photocopied Hoopoe script
  • Assign a part to each child
  • Have her simply read the script aloud and act it out. That’s all you have to do.

“Magic” occurs when the students get to be on stage — even if that stage is the floor of the classroom or library. Shy children may blossom, and students develop a strong sense of community.

TIPS:

  • Start slowly so students feel comfortable in the performance mode. Students do not memorize their parts; they always read from their scripts. Provide lots of opportunities for practice.
  • Read the book several times, offering instructional support for new vocabulary, and for understanding the different characters. You can do many other activities with the story to develop understanding before doing the reader’s theater. *A complete set of lesson plans can be found on Hoopoe’s website.
  • Students simply stand or sit in a semicircle or on a stage, if one is available.
  • Model each character’s part and match roles to readers.
  • If you have a larger group than the number of roles, you may have several readers’ theater groups going simultaneously.
  • Work with small groups, not with the entire class, if possible.
  • You might invite families or caregivers to a presentation, or invite another class to the reader’s theater enactment.
  • You might also video the performance or do a radio podcast.

~May Hoopoe Reader’s Theater enliven your classroom and your students’ lives, as well as cement learning that lasts.

Teacher Activity Guide

The Hoopoe Teaching-Stories series provides a multicultural program designed to meet theNational Standards in Early Childhood Education and guide students towards mastery of the content required by the National Standards for Arts Education K-4; English Language Arts, K-12; School Mathematics, PreK-K; Science Education, K-4; Geography, K-12; as well as, Sport and Physical Education. These multicultural tales are designed with a wide range of student abilities in mind. Hoopoe Teaching-Stories can be used with: advanced students, English-language learners, and students with learning disabilities or reading difficulties.

Hoopoe Teaching-Stories prepare students to master the National Head Start Child Outcomes, and National Head Start Program Standards, by helping them build skills in early reading comprehension, literary response and analysis, and vocabulary development.

Teacher’s Activity Guides for PreK–1 grades accompany seven of our titles, each includes activities for:

  • CIRCLE TIME READ-ALOUDS
    Read-aloud activities designed to enhance:

    Oral language through questions and discussion
    Higher-level thinking skills including making analogies
    Story comprehension through repetition
    Making the story your own, providing learning that lasts
    Social-emotional development
  • ACTIVITY CENTERS
    Center-based activities designed to provide:

    Deeper understanding
    Multiple modalities for learning
  • BUILDING HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
    Parent-involvement activities designed to encourage:

    Parents to read aloud at home
    Home/school communication

Grades PreK–1 (PDF): The Farmer’s Wife GrPreK-1 Activity Guide

Education Standards

Education Standards covered in PreK–1 Activity Guides:

National Standards for Arts Education K–4

National Standards for English Language Arts K–12

National Head Start Child Outcomes PreK

National Principles and Standards for School Mathematics PreK–K

National Science Education Standards K–4

National Geography Standards K–12

National Head Start Program Standards

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Resources for the title The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water

Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater

Giving Students a Reason to Read, and Re-Read, Aloud

Download the printable instruction here.
Download the printable one-act dramatic play here.
Download the reading skills assessment chart here.

OVERVIEW:

  • The reader’s theater strategy combines students’ desire to perform with their need for oral reading practice. Reader’s theater offers an entertaining and engaging means of improving fluency through repetition, reading with expression, and enhancing comprehension.
  • Reader’s theater is a way to involve students in reading aloud. In reader’s theater, students “perform” by reading the Hoopoe books’ scripts created for this purpose. Students can perform the scripts with or without costumes or props.

RATIONALE:

  • Reader’s theater is a strategy that combines reading (and re-reading) practice and performing. Its goal is to enhance students’ reading skills and confidence by having them practice reading with a purpose. Reader’s theater gives students an authentic reason to read aloud.

OUTCOMES:

  • Re-Reading to Develop Fluency:

Reader’s theatre motivates reluctant readers and English language learners, and provides fluent readers the opportunity to explore genre and characterization. Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater scripts can be used as early as first-grade. Re-reading is a key factor in developing fluency, which is necessary for comprehension. Students don’t even realize they are re-reading as they practice the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Understanding:

The value of reader’s theater is increased when used as a strategy for increasing understanding of what is being read. Students also practice reading with expression when they take on the roles in the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Voice:

Reader’s theater is a wonderful technique for helping readers learn to read aloud with expression and joy. Performing reader’s theater without props allows the readers to learn that the inflection in their voices needs to provide much of the drama of the story.

TESTIMONIAL:

  • I love watching my English language learners gain more fluency and confidence as they perform the Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theaters,” says educator and I Have a Dream volunteer, Leanne Lockhart. “They love hamming it up and making costumes and scenery too.”

INSTRUCTIONS:

Some students are hams — they just don’t know it until they get up in front of the group. There is no risk in reader’s theater, because no memorization is required. And, there’s opportunity for practice, so struggling readers are not put on the spot.

  • Hand out a photocopied Hoopoe script
  • Assign a part to each child
  • Have her simply read the script aloud and act it out. That’s all you have to do.

“Magic” occurs when the students get to be on stage — even if that stage is the floor of the classroom or library. Shy children may blossom, and students develop a strong sense of community.

TIPS:

  • Start slowly so students feel comfortable in the performance mode. Students do not memorize their parts; they always read from their scripts. Provide lots of opportunities for practice.
  • Read the book several times, offering instructional support for new vocabulary, and for understanding the different characters. You can do many other activities with the story to develop understanding before doing the reader’s theater. *A complete set of lesson plans can be found on Hoopoe’s website.
  • Students simply stand or sit in a semicircle or on a stage, if one is available.
  • Model each character’s part and match roles to readers.
  • If you have a larger group than the number of roles, you may have several readers’ theater groups going simultaneously.
  • Work with small groups, not with the entire class, if possible.
  • You might invite families or caregivers to a presentation, or invite another class to the reader’s theater enactment.
  • You might also video the performance or do a radio podcast.

~May Hoopoe Reader’s Theater enliven your classroom and your students’ lives, as well as cement learning that lasts.

Teacher Activity Guide

The Hoopoe Teaching-Stories series provides a multicultural program designed to meet theNational Standards in Early Childhood Education and guide students towards mastery of the content required by the National Standards for Arts Education K-4; English Language Arts, K-12; School Mathematics, PreK-K; Science Education, K-4; Geography, K-12; as well as, Sport and Physical Education. These multicultural tales are designed with a wide range of student abilities in mind. Hoopoe Teaching-Stories can be used with: advanced students, English-language learners, and students with learning disabilities or reading difficulties.

Hoopoe Teaching-Stories prepare students to master the National Head Start Child Outcomes, and National Head Start Program Standards, by helping them build skills in early reading comprehension, literary response and analysis, and vocabulary development.

Teacher’s Activity Guides for PreK–1 grades accompany seven of our titles, each includes activities for:

  • CIRCLE TIME READ-ALOUDS
    Read-aloud activities designed to enhance:

    Oral language through questions and discussion
    Higher-level thinking skills including making analogies
    Story comprehension through repetition
    Making the story your own, providing learning that lasts
    Social-emotional development
  • ACTIVITY CENTERS
    Center-based activities designed to provide:

    Deeper understanding
    Multiple modalities for learning
  • BUILDING HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
    Parent-involvement activities designed to encourage:

    Parents to read aloud at home
    Home/school communication

Grades PreK–1 (PDF): Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water GrPreK-1 Activity Guide

Education Standards

Education Standards covered in PreK–1 Activity Guides:

National Standards for Arts Education K–4

National Standards for English Language Arts K–12

National Head Start Child Outcomes PreK

National Principles and Standards for School Mathematics PreK–K

National Science Education Standards K–4

National Geography Standards K–12

National Head Start Program Standards

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Resources for the title The Silly Chicken

Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater

Giving Students a Reason to Read, and Re-Read, Aloud

Download the printable instruction here.
Download the printable one-act dramatic play here.
Download the reading skills assessment chart here.

OVERVIEW:

  • The reader’s theater strategy combines students’ desire to perform with their need for oral reading practice. Reader’s theater offers an entertaining and engaging means of improving fluency through repetition, reading with expression, and enhancing comprehension.
  • Reader’s theater is a way to involve students in reading aloud. In reader’s theater, students “perform” by reading the Hoopoe books’ scripts created for this purpose. Students can perform the scripts with or without costumes or props.

RATIONALE:

  • Reader’s theater is a strategy that combines reading (and re-reading) practice and performing. Its goal is to enhance students’ reading skills and confidence by having them practice reading with a purpose. Reader’s theater gives students an authentic reason to read aloud.

OUTCOMES:

  • Re-Reading to Develop Fluency:

Reader’s theatre motivates reluctant readers and English language learners, and provides fluent readers the opportunity to explore genre and characterization. Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater scripts can be used as early as first-grade. Re-reading is a key factor in developing fluency, which is necessary for comprehension. Students don’t even realize they are re-reading as they practice the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Understanding:

The value of reader’s theater is increased when used as a strategy for increasing understanding of what is being read. Students also practice reading with expression when they take on the roles in the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Voice:

Reader’s theater is a wonderful technique for helping readers learn to read aloud with expression and joy. Performing reader’s theater without props allows the readers to learn that the inflection in their voices needs to provide much of the drama of the story.

TESTIMONIAL:

  • I love watching my English language learners gain more fluency and confidence as they perform the Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theaters,” says educator and I Have a Dream volunteer, Leanne Lockhart. “They love hamming it up and making costumes and scenery too.”

INSTRUCTIONS:

Some students are hams — they just don’t know it until they get up in front of the group. There is no risk in reader’s theater, because no memorization is required. And, there’s opportunity for practice, so struggling readers are not put on the spot.

  • Hand out a photocopied Hoopoe script
  • Assign a part to each child
  • Have her simply read the script aloud and act it out. That’s all you have to do.

“Magic” occurs when the students get to be on stage — even if that stage is the floor of the classroom or library. Shy children may blossom, and students develop a strong sense of community.

TIPS:

  • Start slowly so students feel comfortable in the performance mode. Students do not memorize their parts; they always read from their scripts. Provide lots of opportunities for practice.
  • Read the book several times, offering instructional support for new vocabulary, and for understanding the different characters. You can do many other activities with the story to develop understanding before doing the reader’s theater. *A complete set of lesson plans can be found on Hoopoe’s website.
  • Students simply stand or sit in a semicircle or on a stage, if one is available.
  • Model each character’s part and match roles to readers.
  • If you have a larger group than the number of roles, you may have several readers’ theater groups going simultaneously.
  • Work with small groups, not with the entire class, if possible.
  • You might invite families or caregivers to a presentation, or invite another class to the reader’s theater enactment.
  • You might also video the performance or do a radio podcast.

~May Hoopoe Reader’s Theater enliven your classroom and your students’ lives, as well as cement learning that lasts.

Teacher Activity Guide

The Hoopoe Teaching-Stories series provides a multicultural program designed to meet theNational Standards in Early Childhood Education and guide students towards mastery of the content required by the National Standards for Arts Education K-4; English Language Arts, K-12; School Mathematics, PreK-K; Science Education, K-4; Geography, K-12; as well as, Sport and Physical Education. These multicultural tales are designed with a wide range of student abilities in mind. Hoopoe Teaching-Stories can be used with: advanced students, English-language learners, and students with learning disabilities or reading difficulties.

Hoopoe Teaching-Stories prepare students to master the National Head Start Child Outcomes, and National Head Start Program Standards, by helping them build skills in early reading comprehension, literary response and analysis, and vocabulary development.

Teacher’s Activity Guides for PreK–1 grades accompany seven of our titles, each includes activities for:

  • CIRCLE TIME READ-ALOUDS
    Read-aloud activities designed to enhance:

    Oral language through questions and discussion
    Higher-level thinking skills including making analogies
    Story comprehension through repetition
    Making the story your own, providing learning that lasts
    Social-emotional development
  • ACTIVITY CENTERS
    Center-based activities designed to provide:

    Deeper understanding
    Multiple modalities for learning
  • BUILDING HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
    Parent-involvement activities designed to encourage:

    Parents to read aloud at home
    Home/school communication

Grades PreK–1 (PDF): The Silly Chicken GrPreK-1 Activity Guide

Education Standards

Education Standards covered in PreK–1 Activity Guides:

National Standards for Arts Education K–4

National Standards for English Language Arts K–12

National Head Start Child Outcomes PreK

National Principles and Standards for School Mathematics PreK–K

National Science Education Standards K–4

National Geography Standards K–12

National Head Start Program Standards

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Resources for the title The Clever Boy and the Terrible Dangerous Animal

Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater

Giving Students a Reason to Read, and Re-Read, Aloud

Download the printable instruction here.
Download the printable one-act dramatic play here.
Download the reading skills assessment chart here.

OVERVIEW:

  • The reader’s theater strategy combines students’ desire to perform with their need for oral reading practice. Reader’s theater offers an entertaining and engaging means of improving fluency through repetition, reading with expression, and enhancing comprehension.
  • Reader’s theater is a way to involve students in reading aloud. In reader’s theater, students “perform” by reading the Hoopoe books’ scripts created for this purpose. Students can perform the scripts with or without costumes or props.

RATIONALE:

  • Reader’s theater is a strategy that combines reading (and re-reading) practice and performing. Its goal is to enhance students’ reading skills and confidence by having them practice reading with a purpose. Reader’s theater gives students an authentic reason to read aloud.

OUTCOMES:

  • Re-Reading to Develop Fluency:

Reader’s theatre motivates reluctant readers and English language learners, and provides fluent readers the opportunity to explore genre and characterization. Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater scripts can be used as early as first-grade. Re-reading is a key factor in developing fluency, which is necessary for comprehension. Students don’t even realize they are re-reading as they practice the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Understanding:

The value of reader’s theater is increased when used as a strategy for increasing understanding of what is being read. Students also practice reading with expression when they take on the roles in the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Voice:

Reader’s theater is a wonderful technique for helping readers learn to read aloud with expression and joy. Performing reader’s theater without props allows the readers to learn that the inflection in their voices needs to provide much of the drama of the story.

TESTIMONIAL:

  • I love watching my English language learners gain more fluency and confidence as they perform the Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theaters,” says educator and I Have a Dream volunteer, Leanne Lockhart. “They love hamming it up and making costumes and scenery too.”

INSTRUCTIONS:

Some students are hams — they just don’t know it until they get up in front of the group. There is no risk in reader’s theater, because no memorization is required. And, there’s opportunity for practice, so struggling readers are not put on the spot.

  • Hand out a photocopied Hoopoe script
  • Assign a part to each child
  • Have her simply read the script aloud and act it out. That’s all you have to do.

“Magic” occurs when the students get to be on stage — even if that stage is the floor of the classroom or library. Shy children may blossom, and students develop a strong sense of community.

TIPS:

  • Start slowly so students feel comfortable in the performance mode. Students do not memorize their parts; they always read from their scripts. Provide lots of opportunities for practice.
  • Read the book several times, offering instructional support for new vocabulary, and for understanding the different characters. You can do many other activities with the story to develop understanding before doing the reader’s theater. *A complete set of lesson plans can be found on Hoopoe’s website.
  • Students simply stand or sit in a semicircle or on a stage, if one is available.
  • Model each character’s part and match roles to readers.
  • If you have a larger group than the number of roles, you may have several readers’ theater groups going simultaneously.
  • Work with small groups, not with the entire class, if possible.
  • You might invite families or caregivers to a presentation, or invite another class to the reader’s theater enactment.
  • You might also video the performance or do a radio podcast.

~May Hoopoe Reader’s Theater enliven your classroom and your students’ lives, as well as cement learning that lasts.

Teacher Activity Guide

The Hoopoe Teaching-Stories series provides a multicultural program designed to meet the National Standards in Early Childhood Education and guide students towards mastery of the content required by the National Standards for Arts Education K-4; English Language Arts, K-12; School Mathematics, PreK-K; Science Education, K-4; Geography, K-12; as well as, Sport and Physical Education. These multicultural tales are designed with a wide range of student abilities in mind. Hoopoe Teaching-Stories can be used with: advanced students, English-language learners, and students with learning disabilities or reading difficulties.

Hoopoe Teaching-Stories prepare students to master the National Head Start Child Outcomes, and National Head Start Program Standards, by helping them build skills in early reading comprehension, literary response and analysis, and vocabulary development.

Teacher’s Activity Guides for PreK–1 grades accompany seven of our titles, each includes activities for:

  • CIRCLE TIME READ-ALOUDS
    Read-aloud activities designed to enhance:

    Oral language through questions and discussion
    Higher-level thinking skills including making analogies
    Story comprehension through repetition
    Making the story your own, providing learning that lasts
    Social-emotional development
  • ACTIVITY CENTERS
    Center-based activities designed to provide:

    Deeper understanding
    Multiple modalities for learning
  • BUILDING HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
    Parent-involvement activities designed to encourage:

    Parents to read aloud at home
    Home/school communication

Grades PreK–1 (PDF): The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal GrPreK-1 Activity Guide

Education Standards

Education Standards covered in PreK–1 Activity Guides:

National Standards for Arts Education K–4

National Standards for English Language Arts K–12

National Head Start Child Outcomes PreK

National Principles and Standards for School Mathematics PreK–K

National Science Education Standards K–4

National Geography Standards K–12

National Head Start Program Standards

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Resources for the title The Old Woman and The Eagle

Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater

Giving Students a Reason to Read, and Re-Read, Aloud

Download the printable instruction here.
Download the printable one-act dramatic play here.
Download the reading skills assessment chart here.

OVERVIEW:

  • The reader’s theater strategy combines students’ desire to perform with their need for oral reading practice. Reader’s theater offers an entertaining and engaging means of improving fluency through repetition, reading with expression, and enhancing comprehension.
  • Reader’s theater is a way to involve students in reading aloud. In reader’s theater, students “perform” by reading the Hoopoe books’ scripts created for this purpose. Students can perform the scripts with or without costumes or props.

RATIONALE:

  • Reader’s theater is a strategy that combines reading (and re-reading) practice and performing. Its goal is to enhance students’ reading skills and confidence by having them practice reading with a purpose. Reader’s theater gives students an authentic reason to read aloud.

OUTCOMES:

  • Re-Reading to Develop Fluency:

Reader’s theatre motivates reluctant readers and English language learners, and provides fluent readers the opportunity to explore genre and characterization. Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater scripts can be used as early as first-grade. Re-reading is a key factor in developing fluency, which is necessary for comprehension. Students don’t even realize they are re-reading as they practice the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Understanding:

The value of reader’s theater is increased when used as a strategy for increasing understanding of what is being read. Students also practice reading with expression when they take on the roles in the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Voice:

Reader’s theater is a wonderful technique for helping readers learn to read aloud with expression and joy. Performing reader’s theater without props allows the readers to learn that the inflection in their voices needs to provide much of the drama of the story.

TESTIMONIAL:

  • I love watching my English language learners gain more fluency and confidence as they perform the Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theaters,” says educator and I Have a Dream volunteer, Leanne Lockhart. “They love hamming it up and making costumes and scenery too.”

INSTRUCTIONS:

Some students are hams — they just don’t know it until they get up in front of the group. There is no risk in reader’s theater, because no memorization is required. And, there’s opportunity for practice, so struggling readers are not put on the spot.

  • Hand out a photocopied Hoopoe script
  • Assign a part to each child
  • Have her simply read the script aloud and act it out. That’s all you have to do.

“Magic” occurs when the students get to be on stage — even if that stage is the floor of the classroom or library. Shy children may blossom, and students develop a strong sense of community.

TIPS:

  • Start slowly so students feel comfortable in the performance mode. Students do not memorize their parts; they always read from their scripts. Provide lots of opportunities for practice.
  • Read the book several times, offering instructional support for new vocabulary, and for understanding the different characters. You can do many other activities with the story to develop understanding before doing the reader’s theater. *A complete set of lesson plans can be found on Hoopoe’s website.
  • Students simply stand or sit in a semicircle or on a stage, if one is available.
  • Model each character’s part and match roles to readers.
  • If you have a larger group than the number of roles, you may have several readers’ theater groups going simultaneously.
  • Work with small groups, not with the entire class, if possible.
  • You might invite families or caregivers to a presentation, or invite another class to the reader’s theater enactment.
  • You might also video the performance or do a radio podcast.

~May Hoopoe Reader’s Theater enliven your classroom and your students’ lives, as well as cement learning that lasts.

Teacher Activity Guide

The Hoopoe Teaching-Stories series provides a multicultural program designed to meet theNational Standards in Early Childhood Education and guide students towards mastery of the content required by the National Standards for Arts Education K-4; English Language Arts, K-12; School Mathematics, PreK-K; Science Education, K-4; Geography, K-12; as well as, Sport and Physical Education. These multicultural tales are designed with a wide range of student abilities in mind. Hoopoe Teaching-Stories can be used with: advanced students, English-language learners, and students with learning disabilities or reading difficulties.

Hoopoe Teaching-Stories prepare students to master the National Head Start Child Outcomes, and National Head Start Program Standards, by helping them build skills in early reading comprehension, literary response and analysis, and vocabulary development.

Teacher’s Activity Guides for PreK–1 grades accompany seven of our titles, each includes activities for:

  • CIRCLE TIME READ-ALOUDS
    Read-aloud activities designed to enhance:

    Oral language through questions and discussion
    Higher-level thinking skills including making analogies
    Story comprehension through repetition
    Making the story your own, providing learning that lasts
    Social-emotional development
  • ACTIVITY CENTERS
    Center-based activities designed to provide:

    Deeper understanding
    Multiple modalities for learning
  • BUILDING HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
    Parent-involvement activities designed to encourage:

    Parents to read aloud at home
    Home/school communication

Grades PreK–1 (PDF): The Old Woman and The Eagle GrPreK-1 Activity Guide

Education Standards

Education Standards covered in PreK–1 Activity Guides:

National Standards for Arts Education K–4

National Standards for English Language Arts K–12

National Head Start Child Outcomes PreK

National Principles and Standards for School Mathematics PreK–K

National Science Education Standards K–4

National Geography Standards K–12

National Head Start Program Standards

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Resources for the title The Man and the Fox

Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater

Giving Students a Reason to Read, and Re-Read, Aloud

Download the printable instruction here.
Download the printable one-act dramatic play here.
Download the reading skills assessment chart here.

OVERVIEW:

  • The reader’s theater strategy combines students’ desire to perform with their need for oral reading practice. Reader’s theater offers an entertaining and engaging means of improving fluency through repetition, reading with expression, and enhancing comprehension.
  • Reader’s theater is a way to involve students in reading aloud. In reader’s theater, students “perform” by reading the Hoopoe books’ scripts created for this purpose. Students can perform the scripts with or without costumes or props.

RATIONALE:

  • Reader’s theater is a strategy that combines reading (and re-reading) practice and performing. Its goal is to enhance students’ reading skills and confidence by having them practice reading with a purpose. Reader’s theater gives students an authentic reason to read aloud.

OUTCOMES:

  • Re-Reading to Develop Fluency:

Reader’s theatre motivates reluctant readers and English language learners, and provides fluent readers the opportunity to explore genre and characterization. Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater scripts can be used as early as first-grade. Re-reading is a key factor in developing fluency, which is necessary for comprehension. Students don’t even realize they are re-reading as they practice the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Understanding:

The value of reader’s theater is increased when used as a strategy for increasing understanding of what is being read. Students also practice reading with expression when they take on the roles in the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Voice:

Reader’s theater is a wonderful technique for helping readers learn to read aloud with expression and joy. Performing reader’s theater without props allows the readers to learn that the inflection in their voices needs to provide much of the drama of the story.

TESTIMONIAL:

  • I love watching my English language learners gain more fluency and confidence as they perform the Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theaters,” says educator and I Have a Dream volunteer, Leanne Lockhart. “They love hamming it up and making costumes and scenery too.”

INSTRUCTIONS:

Some students are hams — they just don’t know it until they get up in front of the group. There is no risk in reader’s theater, because no memorization is required. And, there’s opportunity for practice, so struggling readers are not put on the spot.

  • Hand out a photocopied Hoopoe script
  • Assign a part to each child
  • Have her simply read the script aloud and act it out. That’s all you have to do.

“Magic” occurs when the students get to be on stage — even if that stage is the floor of the classroom or library. Shy children may blossom, and students develop a strong sense of community.

TIPS:

  • Start slowly so students feel comfortable in the performance mode. Students do not memorize their parts; they always read from their scripts. Provide lots of opportunities for practice.
  • Read the book several times, offering instructional support for new vocabulary, and for understanding the different characters. You can do many other activities with the story to develop understanding before doing the reader’s theater. *A complete set of lesson plans can be found on Hoopoe’s website.
  • Students simply stand or sit in a semicircle or on a stage, if one is available.
  • Model each character’s part and match roles to readers.
  • If you have a larger group than the number of roles, you may have several readers’ theater groups going simultaneously.
  • Work with small groups, not with the entire class, if possible.
  • You might invite families or caregivers to a presentation, or invite another class to the reader’s theater enactment.
  • You might also video the performance or do a radio podcast.

~May Hoopoe Reader’s Theater enliven your classroom and your students’ lives, as well as cement learning that lasts.

Teacher Activity Guide

The Hoopoe Teaching-Stories series provides a multicultural program designed to meet theNational Standards in Early Childhood Education and guide students towards mastery of the content required by the National Standards for Arts Education K-4; English Language Arts, K-12; School Mathematics, PreK-K; Science Education, K-4; Geography, K-12; as well as, Sport and Physical Education. These multicultural tales are designed with a wide range of student abilities in mind. Hoopoe Teaching-Stories can be used with: advanced students, English-language learners, and students with learning disabilities or reading difficulties.

Hoopoe Teaching-Stories prepare students to master the National Head Start Child Outcomes, and National Head Start Program Standards, by helping them build skills in early reading comprehension, literary response and analysis, and vocabulary development.

Teacher’s Activity Guides for PreK–1 grades accompany seven of our titles, each includes activities for:

  • CIRCLE TIME READ-ALOUDS
    Read-aloud activities designed to enhance:

    Oral language through questions and discussion
    Higher-level thinking skills including making analogies
    Story comprehension through repetition
    Making the story your own, providing learning that lasts
    Social-emotional development
  • ACTIVITY CENTERS
    Center-based activities designed to provide:

    Deeper understanding
    Multiple modalities for learning
  • BUILDING HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
    Parent-involvement activities designed to encourage:

    Parents to read aloud at home
    Home/school communication

Grades PreK–1 (PDF): The Man and the Fox GrPreK-1 Activity Guide

Education Standards

Education Standards covered in PreK–1 Activity Guides:

National Standards for Arts Education K–4

National Standards for English Language Arts K–12

National Head Start Child Outcomes PreK

National Principles and Standards for School Mathematics PreK–K

National Science Education Standards K–4

National Geography Standards K–12

National Head Start Program Standards

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Resources for the title The Man with Bad Manners

Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater

Giving Students a Reason to Read, and Re-Read, Aloud

Download the printable instruction here.
Download the printable one-act dramatic play here.
Download the reading skills assessment chart here.

OVERVIEW:

  • The reader’s theater strategy combines students’ desire to perform with their need for oral reading practice. Reader’s theater offers an entertaining and engaging means of improving fluency through repetition, reading with expression, and enhancing comprehension.
  • Reader’s theater is a way to involve students in reading aloud. In reader’s theater, students “perform” by reading the Hoopoe books’ scripts created for this purpose. Students can perform the scripts with or without costumes or props.

RATIONALE:

  • Reader’s theater is a strategy that combines reading (and re-reading) practice and performing. Its goal is to enhance students’ reading skills and confidence by having them practice reading with a purpose. Reader’s theater gives students an authentic reason to read aloud.

OUTCOMES:

  • Re-Reading to Develop Fluency:

Reader’s theatre motivates reluctant readers and English language learners, and provides fluent readers the opportunity to explore genre and characterization. Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theater scripts can be used as early as first-grade. Re-reading is a key factor in developing fluency, which is necessary for comprehension. Students don’t even realize they are re-reading as they practice the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Understanding:

The value of reader’s theater is increased when used as a strategy for increasing understanding of what is being read. Students also practice reading with expression when they take on the roles in the script.

  • Re-Reading to Develop Voice:

Reader’s theater is a wonderful technique for helping readers learn to read aloud with expression and joy. Performing reader’s theater without props allows the readers to learn that the inflection in their voices needs to provide much of the drama of the story.

TESTIMONIAL:

  • I love watching my English language learners gain more fluency and confidence as they perform the Hoopoe Books Reader’s Theaters,” says educator and I Have a Dream volunteer, Leanne Lockhart. “They love hamming it up and making costumes and scenery too.”

INSTRUCTIONS:

Some students are hams — they just don’t know it until they get up in front of the group. There is no risk in reader’s theater, because no memorization is required. And, there’s opportunity for practice, so struggling readers are not put on the spot.

  • Hand out a photocopied Hoopoe script
  • Assign a part to each child
  • Have her simply read the script aloud and act it out. That’s all you have to do.

“Magic” occurs when the students get to be on stage — even if that stage is the floor of the classroom or library. Shy children may blossom, and students develop a strong sense of community.

TIPS:

  • Start slowly so students feel comfortable in the performance mode. Students do not memorize their parts; they always read from their scripts. Provide lots of opportunities for practice.
  • Read the book several times, offering instructional support for new vocabulary, and for understanding the different characters. You can do many other activities with the story to develop understanding before doing the reader’s theater. *A complete set of lesson plans can be found on Hoopoe’s website.
  • Students simply stand or sit in a semicircle or on a stage, if one is available.
  • Model each character’s part and match roles to readers.
  • If you have a larger group than the number of roles, you may have several readers’ theater groups going simultaneously.
  • Work with small groups, not with the entire class, if possible.
  • You might invite families or caregivers to a presentation, or invite another class to the reader’s theater enactment.
  • You might also video the performance or do a radio podcast.

~May Hoopoe Reader’s Theater enliven your classroom and your students’ lives, as well as cement learning that lasts.

Teacher Activity Guide

The Hoopoe Teaching-Stories series provides a multicultural program designed to meet theNational Standards in Early Childhood Education and guide students towards mastery of the content required by the National Standards for Arts Education K-4; English Language Arts, K-12; School Mathematics, PreK-K; Science Education, K-4; Geography, K-12; as well as, Sport and Physical Education. These multicultural tales are designed with a wide range of student abilities in mind. Hoopoe Teaching-Stories can be used with: advanced students, English-language learners, and students with learning disabilities or reading difficulties.

Hoopoe Teaching-Stories prepare students to master the National Head Start Child Outcomes, and National Head Start Program Standards, by helping them build skills in early reading comprehension, literary response and analysis, and vocabulary development.

Teacher’s Activity Guides for PreK–1 grades accompany seven of our titles, each includes activities for:

  • CIRCLE TIME READ-ALOUDS
    Read-aloud activities designed to enhance:

    Oral language through questions and discussion
    Higher-level thinking skills including making analogies
    Story comprehension through repetition
    Making the story your own, providing learning that lasts
    Social-emotional development
  • ACTIVITY CENTERS
    Center-based activities designed to provide:

    Deeper understanding
    Multiple modalities for learning
  • BUILDING HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
    Parent-involvement activities designed to encourage:

    Parents to read aloud at home
    Home/school communication

Grades PreK–1 (PDF): The Man with Bad Manners GrPreK-1 Activity Guide

Education Standards

Education Standards covered in PreK–1 Activity Guides:

National Standards for Arts Education K–4

National Standards for English Language Arts K–12

National Head Start Child Outcomes PreK

National Principles and Standards for School Mathematics PreK–K

National Science Education Standards K–4

National Geography Standards K–12

National Head Start Program Standards

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

 

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