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    Ms. Kolb and Ms. Paladino’s second grade class at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School practiced and prepared and proudly presented the Readers Theater production on March 30, 2017.  The students did a wonderful job with a spirited rendition of Spring PARP themed stories "Raising Dragons” by Jerdine Nolen and “The Library Dragon” by Carmen Agra Deedy.


    Raising Dragons book cover


    It just goes to show you how an innocent Sunday-before-supper walk can lead to just about anything. Who could have known that it would lead to a pulsing egg, a baby dragon, and the best friend a girl could ever wish for.  Raised with love and care day by day, the dragon grows big, bigger, and still bigger until...


    Jerdine Nolen has created a raucous adventure about forever love, loyalty, and the joys of the unexpected. And Elise Primavera's whimsical pastels render a world where dream and reality meet with heart and wild imagination. There's every chance that after reading Raising Dragons, you'll want to go searching for a dragon's egg of your very own! You never know.


    The Library Dragon book cover


    When Sunrise Elementary School advertised for a thick-skinned librarian with a burning love of books, Miss Lotta Scales knew she was perfect for the job. Who could guard books better than a REAL dragon?


    “She kept a fiery eye out to make sure no one removed any books from the shelves….


    The very thought of sticky little fingers touching and clutching, pawing and clawing, smearing and tearing her precious books just made her hot under the collar.”


    Parents, family and friends were very proud of the students and enjoyed the Readers Theater performance.  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.



    Class picture


    the class enters


    Readers Theater


    having fun






    a young reader




    Library Dragon


    a showdown


    Snuff the Dragon

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