This Reader's Theater is for 4 - 6 students. It is a Spanish fable. In the script, a little mouse finds a coin while she is cleaning her house. She uses it to buy a bow to wear in her hair and then she sits by her window so that everyone can see how beautiful she looks. A dog sees her and asks her to marry him but, after hearing his voice, she tells him no. A donkey sees her next and asks her to marry him. The mouse asks him to sing to her so she can hear his voice as well. When she hears it, she tells him no. Like the dog, the donkey’s voice scares her and would give her a headache. When the cat sees the little mouse he thinks of how delicious she will taste but he is sneaky. He goes to her and asks her to marry him. When she asks him to sing to her so she can hear his voice, the little mouse is surprised. She likes it so she says she will marry him. On their wedding night the cat eats the mouse. Students are asked at the end of the story to find the moral. There is a short writing assignment afterwards for the students to respond to.
My 3rd graders performed this but needed some extra time and help with the vocabulary. 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. If you would like a copy of this in Spanish visit LosDosMaestros. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
The Vain Little Mouse - A Spanish Fable
by Melanie Whitesides
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