My highest readers did "The 3 Billy Goats Gruff". Rather than copying the templates on construction paper, the students wanted to color the masks themselves.
Some of the masks I used popsicle sticks as handles. For bigger masks, I used skewers for the handles because those are only about $2 for 50. Just cut off the sharp end. Loads cheaper than craft stores!
The others students did a play from our Reading Street Readers Theater Anthology because it had the reading skills and vocabulary that we had been working on the last 8 weeks. I changed it a little to accomodate my struggling readers. They came to me afterwards and said, "Mrs. Johnson, I am a great reader!" That made my day!
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