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The Earth Day Hen and Friends (2 Versions: Easy and Expanded) (R = K or 1.3)

publication date: Apr 10, 2011
author/source: Carol Montgomery

Earth Day HenAre you looking for a free Earth Day or environmental Readers Theater script that's humorous and educational?  Do you want to motivate your students to recycle, create less waste, and maybe even raise worms?  Okay, skip the worms if you want. 

This free Earth Day Readers Theater script for 
primary level readers should generate giggles and discussions about the environment.  You'll love the annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans–including links to video tours of recycling plants. 

TIME:  4 2/3  min.  CAST:  6-8  TONE:  light, yet educational  READABILITY:  grade 1.3  (Easy version = grade 0.7--almost first grade.) 

Here is a brief excerpt from this free Readers Theater script:

The Earth Day Hen and Friends
By Carol Montgomery  ©2011

Narrator:  Jen the hen raced to see the happy yellow bugs under the lemon tree.  They grabbed her attention with their hootenanny.

Bugs:  (sing-song) Yee-haw!  Happy, happy, happy...

Jen:  I see you, little bugs.  And, now I’ll eat you little bugs.

Bug #1:  No, please!  We’re not ordinary bugs.  And, we never bite or sting.

Bug #2:   We only hug. 

Bug #3:  And, we do NOT taste good.  Blat!

Jen:  How cute...huggy buggies.

Bug #1:  May I hug you?

Jen:  Yes!  You may hug me. Here...

Narrator:  And Jen gently lowered her head for the huggy bug to hug her beak. But....

Jen: (surprised) That happy yellow bug gave me a hug on my toe.

Bug #1:  I never hugged a toe before.

Jen:  I never had my toe hugged.  What’s your name, bug?

Bug #1:  My full name is Ree Sie Cling 1.

Bug #2:  I am Ree Sie Cling 2.

Bug #3:  And, I am Ree Sie Cling 3.

Bugs:  We’re the Ree Sie Cling bugs.  (continued...)

***Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the humorous free Readers Theater script with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans "The Earth Day Hen and Friends."

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"The Earth Day Hen and Friends," a humorous Readers Theater script written at a primary level (i.e., grade 1.3) that introduces recycling.

The Earth Day Hen and Friends--Easy Version

***Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the humorous free Readers Theater script with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans "The Earth Day Hen and Friends--Easy Version."

Download the PDF "The Earth Day Hen and Friends--Easy Version," a humorous free Readers Theater script with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans--even on worms!  This is the simplified version which may be more suitable for ESL/ESOL students.
  (Note:  The readability score came out grade .7--not even first grade, but I'm saying maybe grade 1.)

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