Ms. Skoczdopole’s Class Has Their Ducks in a Row in the Readers Theater
Ms. Skoczdopole’s second grade class at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School practiced and prepared and proudly presented the Readers Theater production on November 4, 2016. The students did a wonderful job presenting a Readers Theater Double-header reading Duck For President by Doreen Cronin and Grace For President by Kelly DiPucchio.
“Duck becomes frustrated with Farmer Brown's rule over the farm, and holds an election to take over the farm. He goes to the mayor and governor's offices, then even visits the president. He then returns to the farm saying, ‘running a country is no fun at all.’" - Amazon review
“When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. This timely story gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system and also teaches the value of hard work, courage, independent thought - and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.” – Kelly DiPucchio’s website
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 with the backdrop.