This is a small group reader's theater is for 4 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 ‘Do not let an enemy use flattery to take you off guard.’ In the script, An old owl is trying to sleep. Owls sleep during the day but grasshoppers do not. One grasshopper is singing and keeping the owl up. It refuses to be quiet. The owl can’t see well enough to do anything to the grasshopper but uses her wisdom to trick the bug into coming to her. She offers it wine made by fairies and the grasshopper comes close. As soon as she can see it – the old owl eats it. There is a writing assignment for the students to do at the bottom of the last page.
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 Owl and the Grasshopper - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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