This is a small group reader's theater is for 3 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 of the fable is‘Don’t count your chicken's before their hatched!’ The Milkmaid has finished milking the cows. As she takes the milk back to her home she makes plans for what she will do with it. She plans to take the cream from it to make butter. The butter will be sold at market and used to buy eggs that she will hatch. The chicks from the eggs will be raised to become chickens that she will sell to make more money. All of the money she makes will be used to buy a dress, jewelry, and make-up so that young men will make a fuss about her. But, as she makes all of these plans, the Milkmaid drops the milk and her plans disappear.
This becomes a writing assignment for the students to do and the question is at the bottom of the script. They are asked to explain about a time when they made plans but things fell through. 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 in and less off task behaviors take place.
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 Milkmaid and Her Pail - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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