This is a small group reader's theater is for 4 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 'He that is neither one thing nor the other has no friends.’ In the script, the beasts and birds are about to go to war. Bat doesn’t know which side to choose. He wants to be on the winner’s side. He finds a way to avoid choosing any of them. Luckily, the war is avoided at the last minute and the birds and beasts hold two parties to celebrate. Bat goes to the birds’ party but is forced to fly away quickly when they turn on him. Then Bat goes to the beasts party and has to fly away again before they tear him apart. Afterwards Bat has learned its lesson but it is too late.
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. One of the 2nd grade teachers used this script for a higher group 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 Bat, the Birds, and the Beasts - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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