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Student Showcase - Reader's Theater
One thing I've done for the past 6 years is to hold a Student Showcase at the end of May. I invite families and caregivers into my classroom and we show-off all the things we've learned. We usually do a combination of reader's theater plays, poems, and author's share.
Each year around the second week of May I mix up our reading groups a bit and assign students to a reader's theater group. I've used the Reading A to Z Reader's Theater scripts and scripts from the Scholastic Book below:
Student Showcase - Poetry & Author's Share
While all students are required to be in a play at the student showcase, they get to decide what they'd like to do for their second part. Students have a choice between doing a partner poem (choral reading) or reading aloud a story or book they've published. I use poems from a variety of places; I like the Jack Prelutsky and Bruce Lansky poems for older students, and I use poems from CanTeach - they are short and sweet and have great rhythm. I pair students and they choral read their poems together. For the students who choose to share a book I have them use our wireless microphone and read aloud a published book. The microphone really helps the audience
stay interested hear better!
The whole showcase takes about an hour and I usually serve juice and cookies. I typically invite our building principal, our district superintendent and my reading assisstant to join us for the showcase; it's a great way to end the year! I also usually use the showcase to publicly thank my parent volunteers and give them a small token of appreciation. You can check out my pinterest board on parent volunteer gifts:
Let the Fun Begin!
Once the showcase is over we relax a bit and enjoy the last few days of school with some fun and games. We usually go on a picnic and swimming field trip, our school holds a Fun Day carnival and of course, we make plans to say good bye. Soon it will be time to hug those first-graders one last time and send them off to second grade, but before we do here's a quick list of end-of-the-year activities I've done in the past:
- auction off anchor charts and old/used materials - you'd be amazed at what kids want to take home!
- re-organize our classroom library
- clean our tote trays with shaving cream and a hose (on a hot day of course)
- beach ball autographs
- write a letter to next year's first graders
- read-aloud day (where I say yes to every read-aloud request!)
- watch the video of our student showcase
- watch the dvd movie of our school year spent together (I give one to each child to take home)
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