READER'S THEATER JR. ®
Pre-Kindergarten to First Grade
Reader's Theater, Jr.® is a unique series of six important early childhood topic sets, each of which includes one full-length reader's theater story and five mini-stories which are designed to be read first and help prepare young readers for the full-length story (along with additional materials). Each topic kit is available for only $99 each.
There are few opportunities for Pre-K and Kindergarten students to engage in true Reader's Theater with their own expressive reading roles, but this series takes a step-by-step approach that both provides students with material at a level they can master, and fosters the growth to allow students to get into character and be part of a story. With this progression of skills and teaching methods, the learning is exponential!
The five mini-stories, called Mini Transition Books, focus on a certain element of the main story in a much shorter format and are designed to be read in a sequence over a series of class sessions that fit the attention span of emerging readers and builds learning. The teacher reads the Easel Book, then the Mini Transition Books, each aloud the first time through, and on subsequent readings, the students will choral read selected parts, marked in a different colored text.
When the class has completed all five Mini Transition Books, they are ready to take specific roles (shared between two to three readers to maximize student confidence) in the full-length story, the Easel Book, and see what Reader's Theater is all about! The full-length story comes in 11 in. x 17 in. Easel Book format and is designed to be displayed at the front of the class for group reading. The Mini Transition Books are in a smaller 8.5 in. x 11 in. size, but still have the oversized text so the teacher can simply hold them at the front of the class.
Topics Included in the Reader's Theater, Jr. Series
Open Your Eyes to Exercise! (Fitness)
It's summer, and that means camp! The camp counselor asks the children to share exercises they know, and each child contributes one, like the Body Wobble and the Scissor Jump. The counselor creates a rhyme to teach these kids how to get active with fun, simple exercises. This gets their bodies moving and ‘opens their eyes' to exercise!
Wow Vowels! (Alphabet)
The vowels, A, E, I, O, and U know they are important! They know vowels are always needed to make words, so they form a cool club, the Wow Vowel club. Each vowel gives examples of words it can make. But every time they do anything, there is a mysterious character who intrudes! Some other letter of the alphabet says it is a vowel too! It seems impossible until the mystery character is revealed: the letter Y! The other vowels gladly invite Y into their club and add his rhyme to their poem to celebrate.
How Many Are We? (Counting)
Lil loves to be on a farm because there are so many animals to count! In fact, there should be ten animals, but they keep disappearing! At first Lil can only count to three, or four, or seven, or nine, but never to ten. Finally, all of the animals come back and she happily reaches her goal of counting to ten with this adorably fun group of farm animals!
My Season (Weather)
Summer, Winter, Spring, Fall, Kate likes them all! But which one does she like the most? She finds it’s very hard to decide as each season tries its best to convince her that it is the greatest. But in the end, she is still unsure. Which will it be? Kate finally realizes that she likes each season in its own time, and doesn’t have to pick a favorite after all!
People Pals (Community Helpers)
It is career day at school, and the children’s parents have come to talk about their jobs. There is a fireman, a nurse, a policewoman, a garbage man, and a postman. The teacher also talks about her job. The children discuss what they might like to be when they grow up, and the same question is posed to the readers. There is a whole world of opportunities!
Just Try It! (Healthy Foods)
Students in this story are challenged to try as many new fruits and vegetables as possible. The four children who try the most are given a day at the water park! They also get bragging rights as the bravest in the class. They learn that fruits and vegetables are vital for our health, and it’s important to try new things because you just might like them!