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First Day of School: An Audience Participation Play for Listening Skills

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
Formats Included
  • PDF
4 pages


Fun and effective, with simple parts and no memorization, this script is a great way to focus class attention on the skill of listening to the teacher and to each other.

This NO PREP play, "The First Day of School," is the first in a set of 4 Audience Participation Plays.

The plays contain short, GROUP parts for an entire class. After roles are assigned, the teacher reads the story, and the student groups provide the appropriate words at the correct times for their characters.

Useful at any time, this activity is especially helpful at the beginning of the school year to focus attention on listening. It is also useful when the students seem bored or unmotivated because it's so much fun.

The entire set is available here:

4 Audience Participation Plays

Contents of the Set:

1. The First Day of School

2. A Backwards Fairy Tale

3. The State Fair

4. The Big Game

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Earth Day Script

Descriptions for several other listening activities--so important for introductory classes-- are included in the set

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Total Pages
4 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).


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