One great way to encourage your students in the upper primary grades to read fluently and closely for more in depth comprehension is to have them participate in a readers theater. If you do the Daily 5 in your classroom, you probably have students reading with someone. A fun way to encourage that and hold them accountable is to have them practice reading scripts together that they can then perform in front of the class. There are a lot of great resources online to choose from. Here are a few of my favorites...
TeachingHeart is a website with links to well over 50 scripts for transitional readers. There are some well known classics such as "Casey at Bat" and Rumplestiltskin. But, there are also many, many more to explore that relate to a range of topic and themes. There are scripts for Christmas, Earth day, animals and more. This site is definitely worth checking out!
Readers Theater All Year has scripts for just about every holiday. Most of the scripts come with approximate grade levels so you can quickly search based on theme and readability.
Finally, don't forget about TeachersPayTeachers. If you do a search for free plays and scripts, you will find a number of quality resources to download.
The play's the thing to catch the interest of your students!! Check these sites out today.