Hameray Classroom Literacy Blog

Reader's Theater with Fables and Fairy Tales—with FREE download!

This is a guest post by Kathy Crane, a kindergarten teacher, author, and curriculum developer. If you like what you see here, read her   previous guest blog posts   and  click here to read her education blog

Fables are a great way to engage young readers   along their learning-to-read journey. This year, after teaching some of my favorites tales like  The Little Red Hen, The Three Billy Goats Gruff , and   The Three Pigs , I decided to try a new story,   The Fox and the Goat . This fun tale offers great teaching opportunities, and was a favorite among my students.  I added to the fable by using   The Fox and the Goat   Theme Set  available at one of my favorite go-to publishers, Hameray Publishing.

In addition to the fable, the set also includes three informational books:  Animals Are Clever ,   Goats on the Go and  The Life of a Fox I really enjoyed having the supporting texts to   expand the animals and situations in the fable . These supporting nonfiction readings added to my student’s understanding and enjoyment of   The Fox and the Goat   story. 


To add to the fun of our fabled learning, my students love performing the fables through partner plays.   You can download my "Three Pigs: Reader’s Theater or Partner Play," which complements   Three Little Pigs   from the   Story World Real World   series, for free at the bottom of this blog post ! Please also be sure to check out my store for other reader's theater plays based on classic tales:   CLICK HERE !


Kathy Crane holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading. A published freelance author of thirteen books, Kathy also develops teaching curriculum and has been a teacher of kindergarten for over two decades. She publishes the blog  Kindergarten Kiosk


For more information about the   Fables and the Real World   series, click on the image below.

To learn more about the   Story World Real World   Series, which contains the storybook complement to Kathy Crane's Reader's Theater, click on the image to the left below. To download Kathy Crane's FREE "The Three Pigs: A Young Reader's Reader's Theater" guide, click on the image to the right below.