American Hero: Jackie Robinson
As a part of a research project, this student chose to write a podcast about his American Hero to demonstrate his learning. Please listen to the information he shares about Jackie Robinson!
American Hero: Bill Cosby
As a part of a research project, this student chose to write a podcast about her American Hero to demonstrate her learning. Please listen to the information he shares about Bill Cosby!
American Hero: Thurgood Marshall
As a part of a research project, this student chose to write a podcast about his American Hero to demonstrate his learning. Please listen to the information he shares about Thurgood Marshall!
American Hero: John D. Rockefeller
As a part of a research project, this student chose to write a podcast about his American Hero to demonstrate his learning. Please listen to the information he shares about John D. Rockefeller.
American Hero: Michael Jordan
As a part of a research project, this student chose to write a podcast about his American Hero to demonstrate his learning. Please listen to the information he shares about Michael Jordan!
Black History Month
Black History Play #4
A Child Named Martin by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Black History Month Play #3
Big Words, Strong Words by Bobbi Katz
Black History Month Play #2
Nonviolence on the Move by By Frank Caropreso
Black History Play #1
Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Brenda Covert
Christmas Play #1
This play is called A Gift for a Snowman. It was a frosty day in Shiver Valley. The trees groaned under the weight of the heavy snow. Pip, Revin, and the Christmas Goose are so upset. They are doing their Christmas shopping and they don't snow what to buy for Snyder the Snowman.
Christmas Play #2
This is called The Case of the Missing Munchies. This readers' theatre was written by Sandra Widener. Mr. Kramer's class has planned a special holiday party. Students will bring tasty munchies for the holiday party. Maria is bringing Rosquillas. Denny is bringing bastela. Rachel is bringing Ruggelach. Mr. Kramer wants their holiday treats to help share their families' cultures with other students. However, a real problem develops. When the class comes back from lunch, their tasty munchies have disappeared. If they can to cancel their party? Listen to this podcast and find out.
Christmas Play #3
This story was written by Bill Luttrell and adapted by Kathy Gardner. Robbie is a student is Mrs. Wallace's second grade class. Whenever he has to speak in front of the class, no one can understand what he says and he gets very embarrassed. Mrs. Wallace announces that she will draw the name of a lucky students who will get to write a Christmas story and perform it at the school assembly on Friday. Big Eddie, Cool Katie, and Munching Max all want to have their names drawn. Poor Robbie hopes that his name is not drawn. Anyway, when Mrs. Wallace announces the winner—it is Redheaded Robbie. What is he going to do? He knows that if he has to stand up and try to tell a Christmas story, no one will be able to understand him and everyone will laugh at him. Can he convince Mrs. Wallace to draw someone else's name? Listen and find out what happens.
Christmas Play #4
The Baker's Dozen, A Saint Nicholas Tale, told by Aaron Shepard. There was a baker named Van Amsterdam, who was honest as can be. : Each morning, he checked and balanced his scales, and he took great care to give his customers exactly what they paid for—not more, and not less. Van Amsterdam’s shop was always busy, because people trusted him, and because he was a good baker as well. And never was the shop busier than in the days before December 6, when the Dutch celebrate Saint Nicholas Day. Then one day everything changed for Van Amsterdam. Listen to this wonderful podcast.
Demonstrating Their Learning!
Guided Reading Group Skit
This reading group chose a book we studied together. They decided that they would write a skit and perform it as a podcast. They worked on their skit for several weeks and finally performed it. The skit is based on the book Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffin. I am very proud of their perseverance! Please listen to them demonstrate their comprehension of this book!
Forest Fire Newscast
Students in this guided reading group decided to demonstrate their learning by creating a forest fire newscast after reading a book called Forest Fires. This group spent considerable time synthesizing their learning and creating this newscast!
Halloween Play #1
This is a very spooky readers theatre about 2 boys who decide to take a dare and climb the hill to a house that everyone is afraid to go in on Halloween. This play was written by Sheri Skelton.
Halloween Play #2
The Haunted Castle is so scary on Halloween no one can stay all night. Those who have tried will not even talk about what happened. A peddler comes to town and he decides to try to spend the night at the Haunted Castle and win the bag of gold for the reward. Will he be able to stay all night? This play was written by Suzanne I. Barchers.
Halloween Play #3
Any dog lover will enjoy this podcast. Oscar is a weiner dog and has been looking forward to wearing a costume on Halloween night. Then he finds out that his owner has a costume for him and he hates it. His costume is a hot dog bun with mustard and guess who is the weiner? Oscar doesn't want to hurt his owner's feelings so he wears the costume. Will the other dogs in the neighborhood make fun of Oscar? This book was written by Dav Pilkey.
Halloween Play #4
The Boy Who Wanted the Willies is retold by Aaron Shepard. There was once a boy who wanted to be scared stiff, which means getting "the willies." However, nothing scares him no matter what he tries.
Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day Play #1
Best Valentine's Day Ever by Brenda Covert
Happy Valentine's Day Play #2
Valentine’s Day Readers’ Theatre
043B Loves 2902
by Dennis Andersen
Happy Valentine's Day Play #3
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
by Dianne deGroat
Happy Valentine's Day Play #4
Fluffy’s Valentine’s Day
by Kate McMullan
Brian really enjoyed the shark poem during our study of the poetry genre. He drew and illustration and will perform this poem for you.
Madison and Britney enjoyed studying the poetry genre this week in Reading Workshop. They drew illustrations and recorded one of their favorite poems for their podcast listening audience.
We Love Poetry!
Dequonne and Julia decided to perform two poems for you on this podcast. They also drew an illustration for their first poem. Enjoy!
Gage and Frazier have been learning about the Poetry Genre in Reading Workshop this week. They wanted to record their poem for our podcast audience. Both Gage and Frazier drew an illustration for their poem. Then they scanned it so that it could be posted with their podcast.
All week students have been studying the Poetry Genre in Reading Workshop. Several students decided they would like to perform their poem for our podcast audience. Enjoy these presentations! In addition, students drew and scanned illustrations to be posted with their podcasts!
Dreanna and Maria will be performing two poems for you. They have been learning about the Poetry Genre this week in Reading Workshop. They also drew 2 illustrations and scanned them so that their pictures could be posted with their podcast.
Poetry Is Fun!
Room 201 has been studying the Poetry Genre during Reading Workshop this week. Some of my students decided to pick a poem and rehearse it for a podcast. They also wanted to draw an illustration and scan it to post with their podcast. Please listen to Paco and Quinyah!
Tall Tale #4: Pecos Bill
Julia, Dequonne, Madison, and Britney will perform for you a famous tall tale play about Pecos Bill. Listen to their great oral language and reading fluency!
Tall Tale 3: Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind
Dreanna, Cabrina, Quinyah, Frazier, and Gage worked together cooperatively to rehearse and perform this podcast for you about Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind. Enjoy!
Tall Tale 1: Paul Bunyan
Dana, Gage, Paco, and Maria rehearsed and recorded this famous tall tale character Paul Bunyan for today. Be sure to listen to their performance!
Tall Tale 2: Stormalong
Justin, Brian, Kierra, David, and Kennetta had fun rehearsing and recording this famous tall tale about Stormalong. Please listen to their podcast!
Thanksgiving Play #1
A Letter from a Nervous Turkey by Collen Messina
This podcast team rehearsed and worked very hard to present this readers' theatre about a turkey that doesn't want to get eaten on Thanksgiving. The turkey play is not only entertaining—it contains many true facts about turkeys. Did you know that Ben Franklin thought that the turkey should be our national bird instead of the bald eagle? Did you know that a turkey can run up to 25 miles per hour? We hope you enjoy our podcast! This play was written by Colleen Messina
Thanksgiving Play #2
This cute Thanksgiving play was written by Alecia Dixon. She adapted this play from Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling.
5 Turkeys were born. They decide it is great to be a turkey! They tell each other that they are the most handsome creatures on earth. However, they tell the 5th turkey that he is not as beautiful as the other four turkey. The "ugly" turkey doesn't think that looks are important. He says, "Are looks all that is important? I am a good friend, a good listener, and I would help any of you if you were in need." The other turkeys don't want to play with him or be friends just because he is different. Sadly, the ugly turkey goes away
Thanksgiving Play #3
Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy was written by Lisa Wheeler and this script was written by Mandy Gregory.
Turk and Runt are brother turkeys. Turk's parents are so proud of him. He is the biggest, strongest, and most graceful bird on Wishbone Farm. Turk's mother thinks he will be a dancer. Turk's father thinks that he will be an athlete. His brother, Runt, thinks that Turk will be roasted and gently basted for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Listen to this play to find out what happens!
Thanksgiving Play #4
The Case of the Gone Gobbler. This readers' theater was written by Frances B. Watts.
At the O'Reilly house it is Thanksgiving morning. Matt is annoying the whole family. It is raining outside so he makes a paper airplane and keeps flying it inside the house. The rain is expected to turn to snow and Mom is worried that Grandpa and Uncle Ed will have trouble driving to their house. Finally, Mom goes to the kitchen to start cooking Thanksgiving dinner, but there is a huge problem!! Their turkey is gone. What will they do? Mom says that all she has is hamburger, but everyone complains that people don't eat hamburgers on Thanksgiving. Listen to this play to find out what happens!