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 ‘It is way better to be useful than it is to be beautiful.’ In the script, Peacock is in love with itself. It knows that it is a beautiful bird and thinks Crane is jealous. Crane just wants to be left alone but the Peacock won’t stop bragging. When Crane tells it what it thinks, Peacock puts it down and calls it ugly. Crane flies around the lake and asks Peacock to join it. Peacock can’t because it doesn’t fly well. Crane explains that its wings may not be beautiful but are useful. Peacock goes home and is careful not to brag as much in the future. 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 Peacock and the Crane - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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