This holiday play "Ding-a-Ling, the Christmas Bell" is an original play written for use as readers’ theater, as a part of balanced literacy (Read-Aloud, Shared and Performance Reading or Guided Reading), or for an actual play production. In readers’ theater or through one of the balanced literacy approaches to teaching reading, children are not expected to memorize their lines, yet the reading encourages strong oral skills. An added benefit is performing the play for other classes or parents while increasing social skills, cooperative learning and creativity. Using plays in literacy-based classrooms promotes active listening for the performers, as well as the audience, and offers an engaging way to teach reading skills.
Although the play is written for students in grades 1-3, it can be adapted for other grades and abilities. Additional students can share parts for choral reading or help with directing, props/costumes/scenery/sound effects, prompting, programs and invitations, Master of Ceremonies, or house staff (selling tickets, ushering, etc.).
Written with 18 parts including Ding-a-Ling, the Christmas Bell, and friends, the other bells who tease Ding-a-Ling for falling and not being able to make a clear sound, this play shows how Santa is rescued in a very unexpected way.
Complete with a teaching guide that lists questions before and after performing the play, words to preview, tips to help with the performance and extension activities, your students will have fun, build self-confidence, and increase in reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary development.
I have written plays for use in my own classroom for many years. I am pleased to be able to share them with teachers all over the country through TPT.