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Readers Theatre With Jan Brett

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Readers Theatre With Jan Brett

Grades 1 – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kary A. Johnson

Fort Worth, Texas


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Hedgie’s Surprise by Jan Brett (Putnam Juvenile, 2000)
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Stopwatch
  • Various art supplies

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Session 1 Preparation

1. If you are not familiar with Readers Theatre, visit Aaron Shepard's RT Page for helpful tips and a few free sample scripts.

2. Photocopy a prediction chart for each student and obtain the book Hedgie's Surprise from the library.

3. Conduct individual prereadings with each student for a 100-word segment of Hedgie's Surprise. Use the fluency chart to assess each student's level of fluency prior to the lesson. While students read, use a stopwatch to determine how many words per minute they are reading. Also note whether students are able to recognize words and whether they read with prosody or expression. (Mark yes or no in each of these columns and add notes if you like.) You will complete the fluency chart again at the end of the lesson for assessment purposes.

Session 2 Preparation

1. Have a supply of art materials ready for students to create masks, puppets, or costumes. Some materials that work well are paper plates, paper sacks, yarn, colored file folder stickers (for eyes), markers, crayons, glitter, colored feathers, straws, colored chalk, paint, glue, construction paper, felt, tissue paper, and crepe paper. Any other items that can be used as art supplies would also be useful.

2. Since this can be a messy activity, it is best to have one group working on their costumes at a time. Plan center activities to engage the other groups when they are not creating their costumes.

Session 3 Preparation

Have a supply of art materials ready, this time so students can create multiple sets for the Readers Theatre performance. Some materials that work well are colored butcher paper or bulletin board paper, construction paper, markers, crayons, glue, and scissors.


Session 4 Preparation

Review and make student copies of the Readers Theatre script for Hedgie's Surprise that is provided with this lesson. You may have students read from this script or create their own script (although this will add considerably to the estimated lesson time). Also, photocopy a sequencing chart for each student.

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