This Reader's Theater is for 3 students. It is a Just-So story. In the script, A Parsee is living on an uninhabited island in the Red Sea. It has a shiny hat, a knife, and a cooking stove. One day the Parsee makes a cake and puts it on the stove to bake. Rhinoceros smells the cake cooking and comes looking for it. Rhinoceros is rude and does not notice the Parsee who has to climb a tree to get out of the way. Rhinoceros tips over the stove and takes the cake. Five weeks later, on a very hot day, Rhinoceros takes off its skin in order to go swimming. The skin is smooth and tight and is able to come off because it has buttons. The Parsee puts cake crumbs in the skin while Rhinoceros is swimming. When Rhinoceros puts the skin back on, the skin begins to itch. Rhinoceros rubs and scratches hard enough to stretch the skin suit into huge folds of skin but it still itches. Rhinoceros scratches so hard it removes all the buttons so it can’t take the skin off. From that day to this all rhinoceroses have large folds of skin and are still angry and irritable because of the itchy cake crumbs inside.There is a short writing assignment afterwards asking students to identify the moral or lesson of the story.
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 Rhinoceros Got His Skin - A Just-So Story
by Melanie Whitesides
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