This is a small group reader's theater is for 3 students. It is based on a tale by Aesop. Aesop's tales are a great way to teach students how to look for lessons or morals! The moral of the fable is 'Appearances are deceptive.' In the script,An ant is out walking when it finds a chrysalis. The chrysalis moves its tail which is why the ant realizes it is alive. It begins to brag about all the things it can do while telling the chrysalis how much it pities it because it can’t do anything. The chrysalis can’t do anything but listen. It is changing though and, when it finally becomes a butterfly, it tells the ant just what it thinks of its pity. Then it flies away never to be seen again. The ant is left wondering what lesson it should learn.
There is a writing assignment for the students to do at the bottom of the last page. I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. Most of my scripts are in black and white so they photo copy easily. The problem with many other reader's theaters is that students spend a lot of time waiting for their part. When you have a small group they get more practice and you get less off task behaviors.
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. My 3rd graders were fine performing this but they underlined potential trouble words as they read it. If you like this script look for other Aesop tales. Let me know how things go!
The Ant and the Chrysalis - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License