This Reader's Theater is for 4 students. It is a Finnish fairy tale. I have not advertised this as a 3rd grade script but my 3rd grade group (who are on a 3.5 level) did fine. In the script, a father has two sons who are old enough to be married. He tells each of them to chop down a tree with no help and then to follow the way the tree points to find their beloved. The oldest already has a girl he likes so, when he chops down his tree, he makes it point in her direction. But Mikko has no skill and no girl. His tree points into the woods so he goes there to look for a beloved. He walks and walks and eventually comes to a cottage. It is empty but, when Mikko calls out, a mouse answers and agrees to be his beloved. After passing the test given by Mikko’s dad, the little mouse rides in a little carriage to his family’s door. When his family sees her, they are shocked. Mikko’s brother is angered to think his brother loves a mouse and kicks her and her carriage into the river. Mikko is certain she is dead and is crying when a girl comes out of the water. A witch had put a spell on her and turned her into a mouse. The spell has been broken. They marry and settle down to live happily ever after. There is a short writing assignment afterwards for the students to respond to.
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 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, if your students enjoy this script, look for more fairy tales and twisted tales at my site. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
The Princess Mouse
by Melanie Whitesides
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