â€śI ate too much turkeyâ€¦ my buttons are starting to pop!â€ť
Third-graders in Chris Talowskyâ€™s class at Wapakoneta Elementary School exclaimed these remarks as they worked in groups throughout the classroom, assigning parts and practicing their assigned lines of a poem they plan to deliver to classmates on Friday.
Itâ€™s part of a weekly assignment, with Talowsky picking a story or writing, often with a seasonal theme, and students working in groups to rehearse it throughout the week before it is performed.
â€śPracticing helps with their reading fluency,â€ť Talowsky explained, while the students in her class excitedly worked around her.
Some of the excerpts have prompted children to bring in their own props from home and create a play, making the assignment even more fun, while still teaching them important reading skills.
â€śThe more they read, the more automatic words are to them when they see them,â€ť Talowsky said. â€śWhen they are having fun, they donâ€™t realize that they are learning, too.â€ť