Bring St. Patrick’s Day Spirit to the Classroom with a Reader’s Theater Mystery
A popular educational resource creator is offering a reader’s theater script for educators looking to add some St. Patrick’s Day fun to their classroom instruction. Teachers love using reader’s theater as a tool to practice fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary, while students enjoy the chance to transform into the story’s characters.
Erin Beers from MrsBeers.com recommends her St. Patrick’s Day reader’s theater for middle school teachers looking for fun and purposeful March activities. A summary of the unit can be found on her blog at https://mrsbeers.com/st-patricks-day-readers-theater/
“Reader’s theater is probably my favorite ELA teaching tool. It is such a great way to incorporate fluency practice and reading aloud,” Mrs. Beers explains. “St. Patrick’s Day gives teachers a great backdrop to experiment with new lesson ideas since engagement often increases when you add seasonal themes to your instruction.”
The storyline of her script follows a 6th-grade class faced with a mystery when recess equipment goes missing during the St. Patrick’s Day classroom challenges. The students are quick to accuse one student, but it turns out the real culprit was someone they all overlooked. Luckily, a happy resolution is found, and the students discovered how much they can learn by making mistakes.
In addition to reading the script together as a class, there are several options to include word work and reading comprehension activities into this activity. The 20-page St. Patrick’s Day unit includes a 12-character script, reader response questions, context clue work, journal prompts, and a couple bonus ideas for classroom games.
Mrs. Beers recommends teachers have their students read scripts independently before reading aloud. This gives them a better feel for the story and their character’s role. It is also beneficial for them to be able to see and engage with one another while reading the script together. For more tips on incorporating reader’s theater, Mrs. Beers has created a guide at https://mrsbeers.com/how-to-implement-readers-theater/
About Mrs. Beers ELA Classroom: Erin Beers is a 7th grade teacher who writes to inspire language arts teachers with tips and resources for their middle school classroom. Learn more at MrsBeers.com
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