This is a small group reader's theater is for 4 students. It is based on Aesop's tale of Mercury and the Woodman. Aesop's tales are a great way to teach students how to look for lessons or morals! The moral of the story is Honesty is the Best Policy.
In the script, the Woodman was working in the forest beside a pool and, as it grew dark and he was tired, lost his axe. It fell into the deepest part of the pool where he could not get it. An Old Man appears and dives into the pool. He brings up a golden axe but the Woodman is honest and admits it isn’t his. So the Old Man dives again and brings up a silver axe. The Woodman maintains his honesty and admits that the silver axe isn’t his either. The third time the Old Man dives he brings up the right axe. The Old Man is really a magical being in disguise and is impressed with the Woodman’s honesty so he lets him keep all of the axes.
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 Old Man and the Woodman - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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