This is a small group reader's theater is for 4-5 students. This is a Greek tragedy and is based on the story of Daedalus and Icarus. Daedalus is an inventor and very very smart. He builds King Minos a labyrinth and, after it is finished, the king decides to get rid of him. He locks Daedalus and Icarus in the labyrinth that Daedalus made him. Daedalus know the labyrinth well and he and his son escape. They go into hiding and come up with a plan to get away from the island where King Minos lives. Daedalus builds each of them a set of wings and then warns Icarus not to fly too high or his wings will melt. Icarus is not listening and just wants to get going. When they take off Icarus forgets all that his dad says and doesn’t follow Daedalus but flies as high as he can. The sun comes up and melts his wings and Icarus falls into the sea. The writing prompt at the end asks students to identify the moral or lesson of the story.
I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. My scripts are written in black and white with only the occasional color picture on the front so that they are easier and cheaper to photocopy. 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 Greek tales. I have a lot of ones by Aesop! Let me know how things go!
The Flight of Icarus - Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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