This is a small group reader's theater is for 4 students. I wrote it for Easter but it could be performed at any time. It is based on a tale by Aesop. Aesop's tales are a great way to teach students how to look for lessons or morals! In the script,Hare loves to brag about how fast and cool he is so the other animals do not like being around him. The animals DO like tortoise though because he always has something nice to say. Hare sees the animals being nice to Tortoise and is mean to him because it is jealous. One day Tortoise has had enough and challenges Hare to a race. If Hare loses, it has to give up bragging. When the race begins, Hare is quickly far ahead but then it slows down to listen to other animals laughing at Tortoise. It decides to wait for Tortoise so it can make more fun of it and then it takes a nap while it waits. Tortoise is slow but steady and passes the sleeping Hare. When Hare wakes up, Tortoise is two steps from the finish line and there is no time to catch it. Tortoise wins. Hare keeps its promise to stop bragging and finds the other animals are friendlier now. There are two morals for this fable. The first is 'One should never think too highly of themselves' and the second is 'slow and steady wins the race.' Students are asked to write and choose the best moral at the end and then use evidence to prove it.
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 and you get less off task behaviors.
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. My 3rd graders were fine performing this but they underlined potential trouble words as they read it. If you like this script look for other Aesop tales. Let me know how things go!
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The Tortoise and the Hare - Small Group Reader's Theater by Aesop
by Melanie Whitesides
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