Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays

Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form.  Readers read from a "script" and reading parts are divided among the readers. No memorization, costumes, blocking, or special lighting is needed. Presentations can easily be done in a k-3 classroom.  Scripts are held by the readers. Lines are not memorized. The focus is on reading the text with expressive voices and gestures. Making comprehending the text meaningful and fun for the student! Once you start Reader's Theater in your classroom you and your students will be loving it!!!

"Reader's Theater proved to be almost a magic solution for Griffith: In just 10 weeks of using RT, every child in her class had gained a full grade level in reading. After a year, the children's gains had jumped to three years of growth. Griffith calls the transformation in their reading fluency totally remarkable." Quote taken from The Power of Reader's Theater, Scholastic Instructor

Update - July 08

Plays and Scripts To Print and Read

The Legend of Lightning Larry

The Legend of Slappy Hooper


The Gifts of Wali Dad

Peddler Polly and the Story Stealer

The Baker's Dozen

The Calabash Kids

How Frog Went to Heaven

Help! Hilary! Help!

Which Shoes Do You Choose?

Casey at the Bat

The Magic Brocade A Tale of China

Master Man
A Tall Tale of Nigeria

Tackey The Penguin

Wemberly Worried

Around the Water Cycle

"This Is Your Life, Amelia Bedelia!"

Swamp Thing!!

Where the Sidewalk Ends:

The Magic Carpet Ride

Dinosaurs Reader's Theatre

St.Patrick's Day

The Little Old Lady Who wasn't Afraid of Anything - Halloween

Easter Bunnies Vacation

Where the Wild Things Are

Who Was King

There's a Werewolf In Town

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

What, No Santa?

Turkey Trotten

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

The Animal Trainer

Chicken Little

The Dentist

Dinosaur Land

The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo

No Bath Tonight

The King's Wish

The Fairy Godmother's Assistant

Liza and the Lost Letter

Temper, Temper

Rumpelstiltskin, Private Eye

Remind Me Please

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Three Little Bears Cha-Cha-Cha

Chin Play

The Three Little Pigs

Nursery Rhymes with a Twist

Columbus Day Reader's Theater

The Enormous Nose

The Girl-Fish

Shiloh Season

The Meal Must Go On  -Thanksgiving  


Earth Day

A Collection of Many

Thematic Scripts

Pippi Goes to School

The Old Women and Her Pig - Level 1

The Haunted Castle - Level 3

Lightning Larry - Grade 2-6


Piggie Pie

Reader's Theater Resources!!

Great How To Guide to get you started!!!

Reader's Theater Downloads

Various Scripts

Tips on Reading 
Helpful hints to use with your students so that they can make the most out of readers' theatre 

Tips on Scripting |
Aaron Shepard helps you learn how to take your favorite story and turn it into an outstanding readers' theatre script

RT Scripting Sheets
Don't have time to create scripts for reader's theater? You don't have to! Your readers can do it for you! Here is a downloadable set of twenty practice sheets to use in team scripting exercises (sheets.pdf, 47K, 20 pages). To view and print it, you need Acrobat Reader 2.1 or later.

Voice Inflection

What is Classroom Theater?
Click here to find out how easy and fun it is to read your favorite stories as a group in class.

Readers Theatre Evaluation - Sample assessment form that you can use or modify for your own classroom

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ZOOMplayhouse - Short plays that might be used to get young children comfortable with Reader's Theatre

Dress up for your scripts!

Oral Language Fluency

4 Scripts

Index of Readers Theater

Great Resources For a k-3 Classroom!!!

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Plays Around the Year : More Than 20 Thematic Plays for the Classroom (Instructor Books)

25 Emergent Reader Plays Around the Year : Just-Right Plays (Just-Right Plays)

Fall Is Fabulous! : Reader's Theatre Scripts and Extended Activities

Super Science! : Reader's Theatre Scripts and Extended Activities


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