This is a small group reader's theater is for 4 students. This ties science into reading and is a great way to do two things at the same time. This script was intended to introduce or reinforce a lesson about fossils, dinosaurs, and theories. In the script, Juan and George are arguing about what color dinosaurs were. Sage and Rita try to help by telling them about fossils. Juan and George didn’t know what they were until they were told. They learn that there are many different types of fossils and that these fossils tell us many things about dinosaurs. However, scientists are still unsure what color dinosaurs were. In the end, Juan has evidence for his theory and George has evidence for his.
There is an opinion writing prompt for the students to do at the bottom of the last page. My 3rd graders were able to use this script but needed some vocabulary front loaded. Those words are on the cover page. 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 and do not waste ink. 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 and you get less off task behaviors.
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 like this script look for more science related scripts at my store. Please let me know how things go!
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What Color Were the Dinosaurs? Science Reader's Theater
by Melanie Whitesides
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License