A “Positive Outcomes Report” for Summer
Learning gets nationwide attention as numerous Summer Programs implement
Reader's Theater Curriculum this summer and look to fall with great
expectations with this effective and engaging after-school methodology. This is
due to the tremendous success CentroNia Community Engagement and Education
Department in Washington D.C. had last summer when implementing the Playbooks®
Reader’s Theater curriculum to combat summer reading regression.
Of the 175 students who were both pre
and post-tested during CentroNia’s summer program, 85% of them either
maintained or increased their reading levels over the summer after only 6 weeks
of using the Playbooks® Reader’s Theater curriculum. Also, over 1/3 of
these students actually increased their reading levels during this time.
Read the official Outcomes Report prepared by CentroNia here:
The Playbooks curriculum includes
specialized multi-leveled and color-coded “scripts” designed for students to successfully
“read aloud” their parts with their peers in small groups and with expression
and the personality of their story characters. Teachers assign students
character roles based on knowledge of their reading skill levels. Because all
students read at their appropriate level, they are able to focus on oral
expression, which in turn builds their reading fluency and comprehension
skills. Students are not aware that their different character parts
corresponded to reading stages, so students of all reading levels interact with
each other in a fun and engaging environment without knowing who is a more or
less advanced reader. Color-coding of the parts allows students to easily
identify and take ownership of their roles.
Playbooks Reader's Theater Publishing
launched two important new STEM and Combo Activity Kit Series this month to
help educators meet Next Generation Science and Reading Enrichment goals for
their students at the same time in after-school and summer programs.
Because of the importance set by the
Department of Education to enhance learning in the areas of Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Playbooks, Inc. has created 4 new
STEM Kits that pair several Playbook® story sets (that have content in of the
four elements of STEM) with a topic-related game, manipulative, or hands-on
project (such as robotics, science experiments, technology gadgets and
electronics) all which extend the learning and fun of the role-play reading
experience for students. Playbooks, Inc. also launched on Friday, 28 new Combo
Activity Kits for other numerous content areas.
Playbooks® Reader’s Theater Publishing
provides over 100 unique story kits for grades K-12 along with other games and
activities and has been serving the education community for over 14 years.