This reader's theater was written for a small group of 4 students for Christmas. In the script, The elves are having trouble picking a present out for Santa. He has a lot of things already and knows everything people are thinking. So the elves make a plan and watch Santa to see what things he needs or wants as he is working. When they compare notes, the only thing they can tell for certain is that Santa looks like he could use more sleep. After talking it over, the elves realize that a week in bed with all the jobs done is the perfect present for such a busy man. At the bottom of the script is a quick write asking students whether this is a good gift for their parents.
I write reader's theaters because I find them to be an excellent way to motivate all readers, including reluctant ones, to practice fluency. I write small group scripts because the ONLY way reader's theater works is when there is very little wait time. In scripts with lots of characters, students spend time off-task or waiting to read this does not help them become fluent. My scripts are mostly black and white, except for a small picture on the first page, so that they can be reproduced on a copier easier and with less ink.
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 are looking for more scripts for your small groups at Christmas please visit my store. Thank you!
The Perfect Gift for Santa - Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
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