This script was written for 3 students and for Halloween. In the script, Plot: One Halloween a ghost decides it wants to be the scariest ghost ever. So, the ghost, makes plans to scare everyone and everything that it can. The ghost gets its chains and practices its scariest voice. For a while, the ghost is successful and scares several people but then it sees a Jack-O’-Lantern. The pumpkin just sits there with its scowling face and glowing eyes and - no matter what the ghost tries - it can’t seem to scare the pumpkin. The ghost gets freaked out and runs home. Now everyone knows why we carve pumpkins on Halloween.
There is a short writing prompt afterwards. I write reader's theaters because I find them to be an excellent way to motivate all readers, including reluctant ones, to practice fluency. I write small group scripts because the ONLY way reader's theater works as a tool for fluency is when there is very little wait time. In scripts with lots of characters, students spend time off-task or waiting to read this does not help them become fluent.
My scripts are written in black and white except the occasional photo on front and with no cute 'stuff' on them so that they can be reproduced on a copier easier and with less ink. Please note, if you are a 3rd grade teacher, your students will need a little extra help with vocabulary. 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 they do, check out some of my other scripts. There are several for Halloween and many other topics. Thankyou!
The Ghost and the Jack-o-lantern
by Melanie Whitesides
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