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Reading Response Graphic Organizers for Beginning Middle & End Story Elements +

🌟 Elevate Your Classroom Reading Experience! 🌟

Say goodbye to the struggle of keeping students accountable with our ready-to-use Reading Response Worksheets! Perfect for independent reading programs like Reader’s Workshop or multiple small reading groups. These no-prep worksheets are designed for 3rd-6th graders, aligning with Common Core Standards and promoting higher-level thinking skills. Simplify lesson planning and ensure every student is engaged, no matter their reading level. Check out the preview and watch your students thrive! 📚✨


26 Worksheets + Digital Version

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Reading Response Sheets

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Who Freed the Fish??? This fun and engaging end of the year readers’ theater activity is a perfect reading mystery activity for your students! Who Freed the Fish is a super fun reader’s theater script!

In this whodunnit mystery reader’s theater activity, students will learn to become detectives and then use their sleuthing skills to figure out what happened to the Field Day goldfish!

With lots of suspects and circumstantial evidence, the students will have to take good notes, make lots of inferences, and think like real detectives in order to solve the mystery!

This product was created with upper elementary students in mind, but it can definitely be scaled to work with other grade levels as well. So how does it work?

Check out the preview to see the actual teacher’s guide.

The students will take part in a 3-act reader’s theater. There are 19 characters which can be shared or doubled up in order to give every student a part. As the story unfolds, so do the clues. After each act, the students will stop, take notes, and discuss any suspicious activities. The final act reveals whether each character was responsible for the fish fiasco.

How long will this activity take?

Plan on at least a couple hours. Reading the script will take at least an hour or so depending on the fluency of your readers and how well they are paying attention for their lines. Using the additional resources that are included will lengthen the amount of time. The more discussion and detective work the students do, the more fun the activity will be. This activity was designed to take up an entire ELA block of time, however, it can be spread out over a week’s time by completing one act a day. It’s a great spring or end of the year activity!

* If you have completed the other Whodunnits, this version will be about the same length as I try to keep the stories to about the same number of total words.

What’s Included?

  • Reader’s Theater script in 3 versions (printable, PowerPoint, or Google Slides)
  • Lesson in motive, means, opportunity, and circumstantial evidence
  • 20 vocabulary words are sprinkled throughout the script
  • Sheets to take notes and narrow down the suspects (plus a Google Slides Version)
  • Pictures of evidence that can help solve the mystery
  • Writing activity to create the perfect ending to the story

Why Should You Use This?

I was inspired to create my first mystery product after hosting a murder mystery party for my own 16-year-old daughter, who is very much into theater. It was said to be the best party ever! I wondered how I could create something similar for students! I modified the format of the clue delivery system to ensure that every clue was revealed to every student, and voila, Who Stole the Turkey was born. Since then, Who Stole Santa’s List, Who Left Us Cupcakes, and now Who Freed the Fish have joined our list of fun classroom Whodunnits.

Happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom.

Having the Reader’s Theater is the perfect platform for integrating real academic skills. This activity will feel like a fun day, but not a moment of the day will be wasted!

This product is great because:

~ It’s super engaging

~ It targets real skills to help students grow in reading and writing

~ It helps students enhance their inferencing skills

~ There’s very little prep!

~ If you choose the digital script, along with your projector, you do not have to make a copy for each student. The font is very large so that students can read their lines from across the room.

Want More Mystery Reader’s Theater?

  • Who Swiped the Spells? – Halloween Mystery Reader’s Theater
  • Who Stole the Turkey? – Thanksgiving Mystery Reader’s Theater
  • Who Stole Santa’s List? – Christmas Mystery Reader’s Theater
  • Who Left Us Cupcakes? – Valentine’s Day Mystery Reader’s Theater
  • Who’s Making Mischief? – St. Patrick’s Day Mystery Reader’s Theater
  • Who Freed the Fish? – End of the Year Mystery Reader’s Theater

SKU: 6795273

8 reviews for Reading Response Graphic Organizers for Beginning Middle & End Story Elements +

  1. Sarah L.

    This resource is absolutely wonderful! My students truly enjoyed it.

  2. Krysta H.

    These are great to leave with a sub and any read aloud and still have students engaged and learning or practicing those important reading skills!

  3. Teddy I Love

    I used part of this resource with my students and left some for a substitute to use. I felt confident leaving it knowing the the consistency will help my students. Thank you!

  4. Sara Griffin

    This was a great resource to use at the end of us reading our mentor text. I used it when I was gone as a review of the text.

  5. Suzanne B.

    I love how this resource flexes to work with any book and to meet the wide range of skill levels of my students. I haven’t used all of the activities yet, but his is one of those resources that gives me an energy boost because I look at the activities and think, ‘Oh, how fun! I can’t wait to use this!’ Such thoughtful touches to the design such as with the vocab sheet asking for kids to find ‘interesting words’. The inclusion of ‘interesting’ just gives it a lovely tweak to how students can approach this task . . . to their level of personal engagement. This is my new ‘go to’ resource! Thank you for creating this resource and making it accessible to the rest of us. Deserves more than 5 stars!

  6. Michelle A.

    I used multiple pages for book reports for my 7th students. Because the sheets were easy, I combined them together to create a specific way to report their monthly reading. It worked well and most students did a great job.

  7. Stephanie A.

    Used this with my online kids for a end of book project. Projects turned out well and the kids enjoyed completing them. Gave me a good sense of how well they understood their books.

  8. Vanessa Chapman

    This was the perfect resource to use for some of our novel studies. There are some fantastic activities in here!

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