This is a small group reader's theater is for 4 students. It is based on Aesop's tale. Aesop's tales are a great way to teach students how to look for lessons or morals! The moral for this fable is ''Union gives strength." In the script,A father has a family of all boys. They are always fighting and it drives the dad nuts. He has tried talking to them and punishing them but none of it has worked. So he comes up with a lesson that he hopes will teach them how important it is not to fight with each other. He has them get bundles of sticks and try to break them. The boys can’t until the dad gives them one stick at a time. The boys can break them when the sticks are by themselves. He explains that this is the message he wants them to know. When they work together and get along no one can hurt them BUT, if they fight and are divided, then they will be weak and easy to hurt. 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 and not waste ink. This one has a small color picture on the first page but that is it. 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. If you like this script look for other Aesop tales. Let me know how things go!
The Bundle of Sticks - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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