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! After performing the script the writing assignment is to find the moral. In the script, Monkey uses his good looks and his great dancing to get the other animals to elect him king. He thinks he is a good king but some of the animals don’t. Fox is one of the ones who doesn’t think Monkey is a good king. He doesn’t respect the job and will not treat it seriously. So Fox makes a plan. He gets fruit and then puts them on a trap he found. When Monkey comes by, he flatters him and offers the free food. Monkey grabs at it and his paw is caught. Monkey is angry with Fox who is laughing at him. But Fox just says, “How can you take care of us when you can’t take care of yourself?”
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 in black and white with only the occasional color picture on front so they are cheaper and easier to photo copy. 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. 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 Monkey Who Became King - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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