This Reader's Theater is for 4 students. It is a twisted version of Thumbelina. In the script, a childless couple is given a child but the child is always grumpy. They name her Grumbelina and she loves to complain all the time! Her parents learn that she is happiest when complaining and hope Grumbelina will be able to find a job that allows her to do so. When Grumbelina does find such a job, she is very good at it!
There is a writing assignment on the last page for the students to respond to. You should consider having your students perform this script and then my other one which is more like the original story and then do a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast them. Third graders can perform this but need to be on grade level. I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need.
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. You will also notice that my scripts are in black and white except the occasional picture on the front. I do this to help save on ink and photocopying.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more Aesop, fairy, and twisted tales at my site. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
Grumbelina - Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License