Explore fairy tales and life lessons while your students enjoy reading or acting out this play!
This play “Lessons Learned from Fairy Tales” is an original play written for use as readers’ theater, as a part of balanced literacy (Read-Aloud, Shared and Performance Reading or Guided Reading), or for an actual play production. In readers’ theater or through one of the balanced literacy approaches to teaching reading, children are not expected to memorize their lines, yet the reading encourages strong oral skills. An added benefit is performing the play for other classes or parents while increasing social skills, cooperative learning and creativity. Using plays in literacy-based classrooms promotes active listening for the performers, as well as the audience, and offers an engaging way to teach reading skills.
Although the play is written for students in grades 2-4 with 29 parts, it can be adapted for other grades and abilities. Additional students can share parts for choral reading or help with directing, props/costumes/scenery/sound effects, prompting, programs and invitations, Master of Ceremonies, or house staff (selling tickets, ushering, etc.).
The play focuses on an older brother Danny, his two sisters, and friends who discover a book in the attic. Upon reading it, they are whisked into various fairy tales. The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, Pinocchio and Peter Pan are stories that provide lessons “learned” along the way. Eventually, the kids find their way back to the attic and discover a second volume. Oh, no! Another set of adventures for a future day!
Complete with a teaching guide that lists questions before and after performing the play, words to preview, tips to help with the performance and extension activities, your students will have fun, build self-confidence and increase in reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary development.
Look for other plays to be added soon.