This Reader's Theater was written for a small group of 3 students. It was written to enhance a lesson in physical and chemical changes. In the script, Bob is looking forward to eating his candy bar when he opens it and sees that it has melted. Sally tells him not to feel too bad because it is just a physical change. Bob wants to know what she means by that so Sally and Arnold take a moment and describe the difference between physical and chemical changes. When they are through, Bob has a better idea how physical and chemical changes work.
When the script is over students are asked to create a list of changes they've seen or know of and then have a partner identify what type of change each one is. Finally, they are asked to discuss how they knew if it was a physical or chemical change.
I write small group reader's theaters so they will work better in centers and to avoid having long wait times between student's lines. Wait time is not reading time and often turns into off task behavior time. Small group reader's theater helps to get students reading more and encourages even reluctant readers to practice fluency.
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. I love tying in multiple subjects with reading and have done so. If you like this script please check out some of my others. Most of my scripts are black and white except a color photo on the front of it so that they can be photo copied easier for your students. Please let me know what you think.
My Candy Bar Melted! - A Closer Look at Physical and Chemical Changes
by Melanie Whitesides
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