This Reader's Theater is for 4 students. It is a Comanche legend about how clever coyote saved the buffalo. In the script, A long time ago a monster came and stole all the buffalo overnight. He took them and locked them up in his mountain cave. Coyote called all animals and people together to discuss what they should do. They came up with a plan to give a pet to the small boy who lived with the monster and, at the right time, the pet would set the buffalo free. They sent a mouse and then a bird but Monster wouldn’t let any pet stay. Finally, Coyote went himself and again the monster refused to let him stay. This made the boy sad and he began crying. Coyote howled to make him feel better and his howls scared the buffalo who ran away. Monster was not able to get them back and when he returned to his cave warriors were waiting to kill him. To this day the elders give credit to Coyote for the buffalo.
There is a short writing prompt at the end. 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.
I did not advertise this for third grade but a higher group could perform it. If you like this script look for others on Native American legends at my store. I even sell most of them together in a book to save money! 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. Let me know how things go!
Clever Coyote - Native American Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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