This is a small group reader's theater is for 3 students. It is based on Aesop's tale. Aesop's tales are a great way to teach students how to look for lessons or morals! The moral of the fable is 'misfortune is the test of true friendship.'
In the script,Two friends are traveling along and discussing what makes a best friend and whether they are when a bear attacks. The first friend climbs a tree selfishly thinking only about their own safety. The second friend is left to fend off the bear alone. At the last moment they remember that you should play dead if attacked by a bear for bears are said not to like dead things. The bear sniffs and pokes at the second friend but leaves them alive. After the bear leaves the second friend tells the first friend they know now what makes a good/best friend. This becomes a writing assignment for the students to do and the question is at the bottom of the script. They are asked to decide if the bear really whispers in the friends ear and use evidence to back up their opinion. Then they write about a time they have experienced this themselves or what they would have done in the same situation.
I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. Most of my scripts are in black and white so they photo copy easily. The problem with many other reader's theaters is that students spend a lot of time waiting for their part. When you have a small group they get more practice in and less off task behaviors take place.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. If you like this script look for other Aesop tales. Let me know how things go!
A Tale of Two Friends and a Bear - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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