Mr. Agostini’s Class Presents a Classic in the Readers Theater
Mr. Agostini’s second grade class at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School practiced and prepared and proudly presented the Readers Theater production on February 14, 2017. The students did a wonderful job presenting Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (Chapter 2: In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a Tight Place) and Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick.
Happy 91st birthday, to one of the world's most beloved icons of children's literature, Winnie-the-Pooh!
Since 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends—Piglet, Owl, Tigger, and the ever doleful Eeyore—have endured as the unforgettable creations of A.A. Milne, who wrote this book for his son, Christopher Robin, and Ernest H. Shepard, who lovingly gave Pooh and his companions shape.
These characters and their stories are timeless treasures of childhood that continue to speak to all of us with the kind of freshness and heart that distinguishes true storytelling.
"Winnie-the-Pooh is a joy; full of solemn idiocies and the sort of jokes one weeps over helplessly, not even knowing why they are so funny, and with it all the real wit and tenderness which alone could create a priceless little masterpiece." Saturday Review, 1926
Finding Winnie. The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
Written by Lindsay Mattick, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall, Little Brown Publishing 2015
In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in WorldWar I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey - from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England... And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin. Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.
"Strikes a lovely, understated tone of wonder and family." – Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A perfect melding of beautiful art with soulful, imaginative writing…A must-have." - School Library Journal, starred review
Parents, family and friends were very proud of the students and enjoyed the Readers Theater performance. After the show, the audience was invited back to the classroom to enjoy a writing celebration. Everyone had a wonderful time.
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Principal, Ms. Tami McElwee said, "Our students here at Theodore Roosevelt become excited and enthusiastic about reading when they are presented with the opportunity to participate in Readers Theater. Through this cooperative and engaging process, students are highly engaged and motivated. Because Readers Theater requires no extensive sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines, the ‘performers’ are able to focus on bringing the text alive by using their voices, facial expressions and gestures allowing the audience to visualize the actions. Rehearsing for a Reader’s Theater performance provides an authentic opportunity for our students to develop fluency, increase comprehension, as well as develop self-confidence as readers. Most of all, our students have fun practicing and performing and feel a true sense of success."
One of the people who helped bring the Readers Theater to the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, Ms. Gina Faust, had this to say about the program.
“As educators, we know that children learn best when learning is put into context. We need to provide our students with a variety of explanatory strategies. Strategies that meet all learning styles. Students must be able to make meaningful connections between what they have already learned and new learning.
‘Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.’ This Chinese proverb rings true…
One way we do this is through Readers Theater. Reader’s Theater emerged from the work of site based teams several years back. The goal was to integrate reading, art and music as enrichment. It has grown to also incorporate writing, social studies, social issues and of course technology to encourage teamwork, build confidence, improve reading fluency and support artistic expression as well as motivate the reluctant reader.”
Roosevelt’s literacy coach, Christine Bartell, and school librarian, Roseann Davidson, collaborate with the second grade teachers (and our art, music and technology teachers) to plan and carry out all of the elements of our Readers Theater Presentations.” Roosevelt Art Teacher, Meredith Brustman did a great job helping the kids make the backdrop.