This Reader's Theater is for 4 students. It is a Just-So story. in the script, In the old, old days Leopard and the Ethiopian live on the High Veldt. Both of them blend into the color of the land around them and have a great time hunting together but then the animals leave and go to the forest. Baboon tells the Ethiopian that it must change and then tells the Leopard to go into spots. So they set off looking for the animals and find the forest. There they discover the animals have learned to blend into their surroundings. In order to live there and hunt, the Ethiopian changes its skin to black-brown with hints of purple so it can hide in shadows. The Leopard asks the Ethiopian to use its fingertips to put spots on its fur so it can blend with the forest trees - half in shadow and half in light. They live happily ever after with their new colors.
I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. My scripts are in black and white with only the occasional color picture on front 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, if your students enjoy this script, look for more Just-So scripts at my site. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
How Leopard Got His Spots - A Just-So Story
by Melanie Whitesides
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