This reader's theater was written for a small group of 4 students for Thanksgiving. It is about Thanksgiving dinner. In the script, Bob and Molly have planned to have all the family over for Thanksgiving Dinner. It is supposed to be a potluck meal. Molly did not send a list for people to sign up and everyone has brought a turkey to eat. There are no other dishes. Thanksgiving is not ruined because everyone is thankful to be together and have plenty to eat. When my students performed this our quick write in the journals that day was, "What would you do if you had ONLY turkey to eat for Thanksgiving dinner?"
I write reader's theaters because I find them to be an excellent way to motivate all readers, including reluctant ones, to practice fluency. I write small group scripts because the ONLY way reader's theater works is when there is very little wait time. In scripts with lots of characters, students spend time off-task or waiting to read and this does not help them become fluent. Instead it increases behavior issues. My scripts are mostly black and white so that they can be reproduced on a copier easier with less ink.
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. If you are looking for more scripts for your groups about Thanksgiving look up some of my others. In fact, this script and 5 others are in a book so you get a better deal. Thank you!
Too Many Turkeys
by Melanie Whitesides
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