Aesop’s fables are still loved even though they date back more than two thousand years! This fable has been turned into a readers' theater script. It is also great for character education! “The Ant and the Chrysalis” teaches the lesson that appearances can be deceiving, or in other words, don’t judge the value of something by its looks.
It has a Flesch-Kincaid level of 4.2; Lexile 510.
Students become excited about reading in readers’ theater! Help your students develop fluency while meeting CCSS by allowing multiple readings of the script. Encourage them to use expressiveness, intonation, and inflection when rehearsing the text.
Meets these CCSS for grades 2 and 3:
CCSS R.L. 2.2. Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
CCSS R.L. 3.2. Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
**The scripts do not have the moral stated, so students can discuss and figure out the message for themselves.
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