Poetry Theatre

Do you do Readers Theatre?

Or as we like to call it in our class, Poetry Theatre. It’s not as fancy as it sounds but it’s always a huge hit in my class.

I give my kids a poem once a week, all year long. We read it every day, talk about blends, sight words, etc. We read it in whispers, giant voices, mouse voices, that kind of thing. On Friday they put their poem in their poetry journal.

Once we have a collection of poems, I introduce Poetry Theatre.  My instructions are:

  1. Find a partner, or two, or three (no more than four).
  2. Find a poem you would all like to present (rock, paper, scissors comes in handy here).
  3. You have 10 minutes to practice reading it with your group.
  4. You must also add lots of actions.

The excitement in the air is palpable as they buzz around, find partners and begin practicing. When everyone is ready we all sit down and watch the presentations.

I wish I could show you their faces. They all have the biggest, cutest grins!  I love this activity for a variety reasons, but aside from it being so much fun, the kids end up rereading their poem at least 10 times WITH expression.  I hope you try it out!


9 thoughts on “Poetry Theatre”

  1. Congrats on the award! We do reader's theater and the kiddos LOVE it! It is especially great for our lower readers! They really have fun practicing and get such confidence from getting to perform! We just found you through The Hands-On Teachers giveaway and are now following you!We are also having a giveaway and would love it if you want to stop by!Katie & Lisenwearesecondgradesmartypants.blogspot.com

  2. What a great idea! I've used Reader's Theater before (even invited parents to come hear them read) but I also like the idea of letting them choose and using poetry, making it a more regular activity. I bet it's great for their fluency. Thanks for sharing the idea! 🙂NotJustChild'sPlay

  3. This is awesome! I am totally going to steal your idea. I do the weekly poem and the poetry journal but your idea is what I needed to jazz it up.Your newest follower,Stephanyprimarypossibilities.blogspot.com


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