This Reader's Theater is for three students. This is based on the fairy tale by the same name. In the script, a small and ugly duckling is sick and tired of being picked on by his brothers and sisters and so he runs away. He is taken in by several people but each time is forced to leave. He spends the winter alone and miserable in a marshy pond. Once spring comes he feels better and one day sees a beautiful swan. He is unable to bring himself to talk to her and lowers his head in sorrow. Then he sees his reflection and realizes he is no longer an ugly duckling. He is able now to talk to the beautiful swan and they fall in love and live happily ever after.
There is a writing assignment on the last page for the students to respond to. I also have a twisted version of this called 'The Ugly Duck King' and you should consider having students perform both and then compare and contrast them using a Venn Diagram. Be aware that 3rd graders may need some help with the vocabulary but it is a shorter script.
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. You will also notice that my scripts are in black and white except the occasional picture on the front. I do this to help save on ink.
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 Ugly Duckling - Small Group Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License