Reader’s Theater is an effective way to strengthen comprehension and reading fluency. The Reading Rockets website explains in detail the effectiveness of reader’s theater, models examples of reader’s theater, and has selected scripts available for use. You can find additional information about reader’s theater at:
In addition, shadow puppet theater is a fun way to compose individual narrative stories. Basic materials needed include construction paper, glue, scissors, and popsicle sticks. Using puppets for original narratives strengthens not only the understanding of story elements but a student’s writing. Writing original narratives allows students to develop their individual “writing voice.” Simply draw your favorite character. Cut and glue the character onto a popsicle stick, and you are ready to begin.
For your enjoyment, we’ve attached some templates that can be used for your own shadow puppet performances.