This brief (2 pages long) script on Simple Machines has 20 solo speakers and many parts for ALL so that teachers can use it with a whole class. (Note: You may add or subtract solo speakers to customize the script for the size of your group.) Using an infomercial context, this script provides a brief overview of information about these 6 types of simple machines: Inclined plane, Wedge, Screw, Lever, Wheel and Axle, and Pulley.
Reading and rehearsing the script familiarizes students with some basic facts while also increasing reading fluency and engaging students in a dramatic approach to learning facts. The use of gestures (that the students themselves create) during the script reading reinforces the retention of information in a kinesthetic way that researchers call “embodied cognition” - When people see and use gestures, they activate more memory systems.
The text of the script appears in a 2-column format. (A look at the Preview copy will give you a strong idea of the total script and the information it contains.) A fluent and expressive read-through/performance takes about 6 minutes.
Students enjoy creating and performing gestures and sound effects where indicated in the stage directions. And—because it is a script—they do not mind reading and re-reading the information.
For more details and tips about using these scripts with students, you may want to download the FREE copy of "CURRICULUM-BASED READERS THEATRE: A Guide to the Classroom Use of this Strategy" available in my store.