Reader's Theatre is a fun and engaging way for students to practice reading aloud with fluency and expression, as well as performing in front of an audience without the stress and pressure of memorizing lines. I use reader's theatre at the end of the school year to keep my students focused and learning, despite the end of the year craziness!
The Caterpillar and the Cave is a traditional literature tale. A rabbit leaves his cave to find some food, and while he’s gone, a caterpillar moves in. When the rabbit comes back, he finds that someone has moved into his cave. He calls out to the stranger, and the caterpillar yells back, “It is me! The one who crushes rhinos into the ground and tramples elephants into dust! Now go away!” The rabbit asks Tiger, Rhino, and Elephant for help, but none of them can make the caterpillar leave the cave. In the end, a frog comes by, and scares the caterpillar out.
This script was written with end-of-the-year second graders' reading levels in mind. It is shorter than most scripts written by big publishing companies, in order to keep the audience engaged for the whole performance. It took my second graders about 5 minutes to perform The Caterpillar and the Cave for their audience.
There are seven parts in this script. This pack includes eight copies of the script: one for each part with the lines highlighted, and one blank copy. Each script is a total of four pages, including the cover. To assemble the scripts, I take a 12" x 18" piece of construction paper and fold it in half. Then I glue the cover page on the front and the lines on the inside and back cover, and then laminate the booklets. I have also included name tags for each part. I turn them into signs my students hang around their necks, or you can make them into headbands/hats.
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