This Reader's Theater is for 4 students. It is a Just-So story. In the script, Whale is so big and hungry he has eaten all the fish in the ocean but one. Stute Fish is clever and tricks Whale into trying to eat Man. Whale swallows Man, his raft, his jack-knife, and his suspenders. Man starts kicking and making a fuss and gives Whale hiccups. Whale tells Man to get out but Man refuses. He tells Whale to take him home first. While Whale is swimming to Man’s home, Man takes the raft and jams it in Whale’s throat. Then he uses his suspenders to tie it in place. When Whale gets to Man’s home, he leaves but Whale is no longer able to eat anything but very, very tiny fish. There is a short writing assignment afterwards for the students to respond to.
My 3rd grade group did fine with this script but they were on-level. I placed a blank space on the first page for students to write words they need help with.
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 The Whale Got His Throat - A Just-So Story
by Melanie Whitesides
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