I have a confession to make. When I first started teaching Wilson Reading System, I thought the program was really BORING. I wondered how I was going to repeat the same types of lessons over and over, but then I realized that it wasn't the program that had a problem, it was me! I decided to start thinking of ways to make the material more engaging and began my Wilson Game Day on Fridays. We have been having a lot of fun playing games to reinforce the phonics skills we are working on (see my last blog post for ideas), but last Friday my students told me that what they really wanted to do was read the silly passages and make them into plays to act out for our class. Unfortunately, the passages are pretty short, so I decided instead to begin writing my own Reader's Theater scripts for each Wilson objective for our class to perform.
Thus, I give to you my first paid product on Teacher's Pay Teachers: "The Jam". A play about a boy who is in search of his favorite jam and the trials and tribulations he faces to find it. The play focuses on using words in the Wilson 1.5 objective (am and an welded sounds), but it also includes words from the previous objectives as well as fairly easy sight words.
The benefits of using Reader's Theater are numerous. First, it helps kids tremendously with fluency. Kids read through the words countless times to practice. Second, it builds confidence in students when they "perform" and can see how beautifully they sound when reading. Third and most importantly, it brings a lot of joy and creativity to the classroom. I hope others get a kick out of this product and can use it in their classrooms.
Candace Burckhardt is an international education consultant with an emphasis on special education, English learners, and social-emotional learning.