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 'When it is important, it is good to use your wits to solve a problem.'
In the script,Two kids are supposed to be doing their homework but, when their mom asks them if it is done, they tell here they haven’t done it. Each of them has an excuse for why they can’t do their homework. Both have run into a problem. Their mother decided to tell them a story that Aesop wrote about a crow and a pitcher. In the story, there is a drought and water is hard to find. Many birds are very thirsty. One of them is a crow and the crow finds a pitcher that has some water in it. The water is near the bottom and the neck of the pitcher keeps the crow from being able to get to the water. The crow tries several things but none of them work. Finally an idea comes to him and he begins to put pebbles into the pitcher. As the pebbles go in the water goes up. The crow is able to get a drink. When the mother finishes her story the children talk things over and decide the lesson is that, when it is important - it is good to use your wits to solve your problem. Each of them begins to think about how they could solve their own problems and they both come up with a solution.
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 with only the occasional picture on front so they photo copy easily. The problem with many other reader's theaters is there are too many parts and students spend a lot of time waiting for theirs. 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 Crow and the Pitcher - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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