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Cosmic Comprehension: Summer Reading Camp’s ‘Aliens Ate My Homework’ Spectacle!

Dive into a world where literacy leaps off the page, as students tackle “Aliens Ate My Homework” in a dynamic Readers Theatre format. Each voice brings a character to life, enhancing decoding skills, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Class Experience

US Grade 4 - 7
Beginner - Intermediate Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
10 lessons//2 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Welcome to Readers Theatre
Teacher reads Chapter 1. Discuss comprehension on the sentence level. Enhance vocabulary by creating pictures, using secure websites, create dictionary. Optional homework: Create a paper mache volcano.
Lesson 2
Prop Creation Day
Reread Chapter 1. Students read one character part. Create a prop for one character Expand Vocabulary Dictionary Writing: Discuss and record the "likes & dislikes" of one character
Lesson 3
Background Set Creation
Create a background set for a chapter - either in real life or on the computer Reread Chapters of Drama Expand Vocabulary Expand Like/dislikes of character into sentences
Lesson 4
Character Dress Up Day
Dress like one of the characters in the Readers Theatre Reread the text, encouraging students to become their character Deepen comprehension through all activities Expand sentence writing
Lesson 5
Record Readers Theatre
Record chapters read during this week Examine recording to improve reading Provide choices that build on students strengths: Create picture book of the above activities
 Week 2
Lesson 6
Prop Creating Day 2
Continue Reading Aliens Create a prop for a second character Read additional chapters, discuss comprehension & character development Expand picture dictionary for vocabulary
Lesson 7
Background Set Creation Day 2
Create a set for another scene of Aliens Reread chapters Expand Vocabulary Write expanded sentences
Lesson 8
Dress Up Day 2
Discuss why this dress up Continue Reading Readers Theatre Expand picture vocabulary Expand Sentence writing
Lesson 9
Pre-Record Readers Theatre
Dress Rehearsal for recording Examine strengths and challenges in this recording Create picture book of the above activities What would you like to add or change?
Lesson 10
Final Recording
Record the complete Readers Theatre Share any resources chosen by students Review all activities
  • Decoding: Students will identify, syllables, consonants &vowels, enabling them to decode words in context. Students will memorize and recall words from the text. Reading Fluency: Increase the student’s reading speed, accuracy, and comprehension. Reading Comprehension: Improve the student’s ability to comprehend and interpret text by answering inferential questions. Positive Reinforcement: Provide ongoing, positive, and constructive feedback as the student reads aloud to build confidence and motivation Supportive Techniques: Utilize supportive techniques such as choral reading, recorded material, and guided reading sessions to provide a scaffold for the student’s learning Vocabulary: Acquire new words and vocabulary Progress Monitoring: Continuously monitor and measure the student’s progress using real data to adjust goals and strategies as needed
Hello, I am new to Outschool, yet I have been teaching students who are behind in literacy for nearly 30 years. 
I understand the struggle your child faces. Many of my students come to my class afraid, tired, and worried. I accept how difficult being behind is. 
My goal is to take away any challenges and have you enjoy learning and reading. I do this by using books! 
This session engages students with a Readers Theatre version of the story Aliens Ate My Homework. We comprehend, decode, learn new vocabulary, and have lots of fun and laughter meeting all the characters.
Expect to be challenged, to have your brain work in new and different ways, and I desire that you come to love both literature and learning. 
Connect with me!
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Discover a class that’s as unique as every child. It’s perfect for kids who are catching up to their grade level, and those with dyslexia, learning differences, or ADHD. Here, everyone is celebrated.
No prerequisites, however, many of my students read below grade level, struggle with literacy, or are new language learners.
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The only scary words in this text are "One more move and I ventilate your skull." These words are the introduction of the Alien character to the young boy. The author uses the word "ventilate." Readers comprehend, yet, the word "ventilate" is unusual. It is the beginning of a journey into vocabulary. 
The book Aliens Ate My Homework by Bruce Coville is the basis for this class. 
Joined April, 2024
Teacher expertise and credentials
Non-US Teaching Certificate in Special Education
Non-US Teaching Certificate in Health/PE
Master's Degree in Science from State University at Albany
My literacy journey began when my seven-year-old son, Nicholas, faced the daunting future after failing first grade. His prospects looked grim as assessments revealed he could read ten words, displayed no strengths, and a discouraging "low IQ"... 
Group Class


weekly or $250 for 10 classes
5x per week, 2 weeks
50 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 9-13
2-6 learners per class

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