This is a small group reader's theater is for 4 students. This ties science into reading and is a great way to do two things at the same time. This script was intended to help students review living and nonliving things. In the script - Chris wasn’t paying close attention in class and thinks his TV is alive because it talks and eats electricity. His friends paid attention though and are able to share the list of characteristics that living things must have in order to be alive. They practice remembering them and discus whether a tree is living or nonliving. By the end, Chris is able to remember all of the characteristics and knows that his TV is NOT a living thing.
There is a writing assignment for the students to do at the bottom of the last page. My 3rd graders were able to use this script but needed some vocabulary front loaded. Those words are on the cover page. I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. Most of my scripts are in black and white so they photo copy easily and do not waste ink. 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 and you get less off task behaviors.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. If you like this script look for more science related scripts at my store. Please let me know how things go!
I Think My TV is Alive! - What Makes Things Living or Nonliving? Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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