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We are working on a variety of library, literacy and technology skills during library this year. Upper grades will be learning how to navigate a library using the Dewey Decimal System and the Online Catalog. Lower grades will be exploring books, book care, parts of a book and parts of a library.

Reader's Theater

We are also going to be exploring Reader's Theater this year. Reader's Theater is an integrated approach for involving students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. It involves children in….

  • Sharing literature,
  • Reading aloud,
  • Writing scripts,
  • Performing with a purpose, and
  • Working collaboratively.

Readers Theater is readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud. It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines. Instead of acting out literature as in a play, the performer’s goal is to read a script aloud effectively, enabling the audience to visualize the action. Performers bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and some gestures

Benefits of Using Readers Theater in the Classroom or Library?

Readers Theater helps to….

  • Develop fluency through repeated exposure to text.
  • Increase comprehension.
  • Integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context.
  • Engage students.
  • Increase reading motivation.
  • Create confidence and improve the self-image of students.
  • Provide a real purpose for reading.
  • Provide opportunities for cooperative learning.

In addition to AASL library standards, we will be incorporating the ELA Common Core State Standards into lessons. Library lessons include read alouds, group work, independent work and technology.

"Many people love reading because it's entertaining. But reading books also teaches us about the world and helps us develop empathy, according to Scholastic. Not only that, but each time you turn a page, your brain lights up -- reading is a workout for the mind, body and soul."
- April Sanders, September 2014 

Please note: Students can access the school library catalog online from home. Click on the "Online Database" link under the library header from the menu.

You can also access the Burlington County Library for additional resources here!

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” –Frederick Douglass