This Reader's Theater is for 4 - 6 students. It is a Spanish fable and has been written in Spanish. The title, in Spanish, is 'La Ratita Vanidosa – Una fábula española.'
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. /Una ratita encuentra una moneda mientras está limpiando su casa. Ella lo usa para comprar un moño para usar en su pelo y luego se sienta por su ventana para que todos puedan ver lo hermosa que se ve. Un perro la mira y le pide que se case con él, pero ella después de escuchar su voz, le dice que no. Un burro la mira a continuación y le pide que se case con él. La ratita le pide que cante para que también pueda oír su voz. Cuando lo oye, le dice que no. Al igual que el perro, la voz del burro la asustaba y le daría dolor de cabeza. Cuando el gato mira a la ratita piensa en lo delicioso que debe saber y finge interés en ella. Él se acerca a ella y le pide que se case con él. Cuando ella le pide que cante para que pueda oír su voz, la ratita se sorprende. A ella le gusta, así que dice que se casará con él. En su noche de bodas el gato se come a la ratita. A los estudiantes se les pide al final de la historia para encontrar la moral.
There is a short writing assignment afterwards for the students to respond to. Our 3rd graders performed this but needed some extra time and help with the vocabulary. Be aware that the picture on this product moves our sentence box around but it is in the right place when you open the preview. We use reader's theaters to encourage our students to practice fluency and, as you are aware, Spanish needs to be spoken as well as read in order to make a student fluent. It is a fun way to do something that they need. Our 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. Our names are Julio Lopez and Melanie Whitesides but our store name is LosDosMaestros and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more fairy tales and twisted tales coming to our site. We hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
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The Vain Little Mouse - A Spanish Fable
by Melanie Whitesides
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