Teacher Resource Books

Fredericks’ teacher resource books have been is use in tens of thousands of classrooms across the country.  They have been celebrated as “incredibly motivational,” “recommended for all teachers,” “great additions to the elementary curriculum,” and “full of fun and full of magic.”  They, too, have been consistent 5-star award-winners for two generations of teachers.

In this book, funny tales and rhymes are presented as readers theatre scripts, specifically written to motivate beginning readers.  There are nearly two dozen reproducible scripts for primary readers, based on wild and crazy adaptations of popular stories, tales, and legends.  “This book will make reading class fun and exciting, and I could see students really looking forward to reading time with this book.”

A collection of fairy tales converted to readers theatre scripts, allowing students to play the parts as they develop their literacy skills.  Includes 19 script versions offamous fairy tales plus 6 additional scripts of humorous alternatives - in an easily reproducible format - authored by the award-winning “King of Readers Theatre.”  “These stories enchanted the youths of many generations, and can be a fine introduction to the fine arts.”

Tony Fredericks presents a collection of best loved stories in the popular readers theatre format to integrate with the United States history and language arts curriculum in the upper elementary and middle school grades.  This collection of over 20 well-known and not-so-well-known tales will be invaluable to teachers in American schools as they do their usual units of study in American history and literature.  “This is an incredible collection of scripts that will excite and energize any classroom!”

This new title from well-known readers theatre author Tony Fredericks is designed to offer librarians and teachers specific information and detailed guidelines on how to begin (and continue) with readers theatre - specifically how it can be used to promote fluency.  Practical information about how to advocate for the use of readers theatre as part of your weekly schedule is featured, as is what to tell your principal about using readers theatre.  “If you’re teaching reading then you have to make this book part of your professional library.”

Teachers are continually looking for materials that will enhance their studies of cultures around the world. With this new book, author, Tony Fredericks and illustrator, Bongaman, present readers theatre scripts based on traditional African folklore.  Plays are organized by area and identified by country.  Included are tales from Algeria to Zambia and all areas in between.  This title contains background information for teachers on each African country included as well as instruction and presentation suggestions.  "Bottom line: An excellent addition to the multicultural shelves that will easily earn its keep."

The author provides practical guidance for teaching science through inquiry, for collaboration with school librarians, for integrating literature across the curriculum, and an up-to-date section of annotated bibliographies of the best in children's science literature.  Grades K-4.| These dynamic literature-based activities will help teachers and school librarians energize the entire science curriculum and implement national standards.  “Yes, this is the perfect resource book for any teacher of science!”

Tony Fredericks presents all-new scripts in this new book of fractured folk- and fairy tales for middle-grade readers theatre.  Have you heard about The Boy Who Cried 'Amphibian' or about when Little Red Riding Hood punched that Big, Bad Wolf right in the mouth? Fredericks tells those stories and offers more than 25 additional reproducible, satirical scripts for rip-roaring dramatic reads.  These scripts are guaranteed to evoke snickers, chuckles, and belly laughs“Laughing and learning - what a perfect combination!”

Kids love music and rhymes; literacy often begins that way. Singing nursery and other rhymes, pairing the song with books is a proven way to begin reading instruction and it is fun!  Primary teachers love to play rhyming and singing games often accompanied by hand and body motions.  Out of requests from teachers and librarians attending his workshops, Tony Fredericks presents this readers theatre book for young readers, grades 1-2, built on the songs and rhymes that they already love and know.  “WOW!  The classroom was filled with fun for days on end.”

Written for children reading at first and second grade levels, this readers theatre book uses Mother Goose rhymes as its basis, making it especially valuable to teachers and librarians working on building fluency skills in their beginning readers.  The book offers plays based on well-known rhymes, complete with presentation and instructional follow up suggestions.  “I loved these scripts…and so did my students.  They were perfect for our reading program.”

Teachers and librarians are continually looking for an interesting, fun way to input content knowledge to build that background information which will help push up student expository reading scores.  Nonfiction readers theatre is one way to accomplish this.  Professor Fredericks offers 30 short nonfiction readers theatre plays for the young reader (grades 1-3) on topics ranging from earth and natural science to community helpers“This is a great resource for classroom teachers who want their students involved in and excited about learning.” 

Science Fair Handbook: The Complete Guide for Teachers and Parents.  Everything you need to know, whether you are a teacher designing and developing the fair, or a parent guiding students to successful participation, you can find in this well-organized, plainly written book, including timetables, project-selection ideas, research suggestions, display dos and don'ts, guidelines for judging projects, and a reproducible planning guide for students. Grades 4–8.  “I absolutely love this book…this book does it all."

Creative Activities for Gifted Readers, Grades K-2.  To fulfill the needs of gifted students for exciting, energizing, focused challenges, this book of activity ideas offers numerous single-period and multi-week activities designed to stimulate creativity and enhance higher-level thinking.  It also includes word puzzles, analogies, short-term research activities, Readers Theatre scripts, six guided book discussions, and a booklist for gifted readers.  “A fabulous resource for any classroom teacher.” (5-star review)

Creative Activities for Gifted Readers, Grades 3-6.  This dynamic and engaging resource focuses on developing six thinking skills (literal comprehension, reorganization, interpretation, evaluation, appreciation, and application) through engagement with puzzles and mental challenges, word wizards, analogies, one- to two-week investigative activities, long-term project ideas, and tools for critical analysis of literary characters.  “It is really excellent!"

Geography Brainstretchers: Creative Problem-Solving Activities in Geography.  On 79 reproducible handouts with several brainstretchers per page, students test their knowledge of geography by analyzing patterns, working out analogies, categorizing, sequencing, and sifting facts from errors.  Topic areas: maps, globes, and U.S. and world geography. Grades 4–6

Write to Comprehend: using Writing as a Tool to Build Reading Comprehension.  This straightforward guide contains 51 classroom-tested ideas for using reading and writing to help students become better thinkers.  The activities are applicable for use with not only language arts but also science, social studies, and math content. Aligned to International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English standards, the strategies cover all six stages of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, conferencing, revising, editing, and publishing.  Grades 4–8.