This is a small group reader's theater is for 4 students. The script is about tattling versus telling. There is a little girl who keeps telling on everyone in her class. She does it so often and causes so much damage that she is called the Toxic Tattletale. One day a boy arrives and gives the Toxic Tattletale a list of rules that are able to help her decide if she is tattling or telling. With time and practice the girl will no longer be the Toxic Tattletale. Students are given the list of rules to use at the end of the script so they can avoid becoming a TOXIC TATTLETALE as well. You can use this script to introduce the subject and then create a printout of the final page as a reminder for students when they aren't sure if they should tell you something. 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 face on the front page has red on it but that is the only color in the whole script. 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. This script is one of the pack that I use at the beginning of the year to introduce important subjects and expectations for my classroom. Let me know how things go!
I haven't put it down for 3rd grade because it would need to be a higher group but the subject is as important in any grade and, with help, 3rd graders could perform it.
The Toxic Tattletale
by Melanie Whitesides
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