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 'A possession is worth no more than the use we make of it.’ A miser is keeping his gold in a hole in his yard until a thief comes and steals it. A stranger is walking by and hears the miser moaning and asks what the matter is. The miser tells him about his gold and where he kept it. The stranger asks why he kept it there when it would be hard to spend it. The miser explains that it was the money that was loved. The stranger throws a heavy stone in the hole and tells the miser that it is worth just as much as the gold. This becomes a writing assignment for the students to do and the question is at the bottom of the script. They are asked to describe something they value and how they use it.
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 Miser - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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