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!
This play is based on a true story! Tim and Lily are on a school field trip at the zoo. When the zookeeper brings them to the kangaroo exhibit, they find the kangaroos have escaped! The detectives haven’t found any clues, but as Tim and Lily are looking around, they discover a hole in the fence. The detectives set up night vision cameras, and discover that a wild fox family dug the hole. The kangaroos are later found in the woods are returned to their exhibit.
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 Mystery of the Missing Kangaroos for their audience.
There are five parts in this script. This pack includes six 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. 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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