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Sack Lunch Flying (R = 4.6)

publication date: May 7, 2011
author/source: Carol Montgomery

cover thumbnailHow do you teach about honoring soldiers, veterans, or their memories?  "Sack Lunch Flying" is a free Readers Theater script that will make it easy--both with the touching story and the annotated curriculum links at the end for easy lesson plans. 

Perfect for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Remembrance Day and patriotic programs, this script contains links to the stories of veterans, plus an opportunity to write someone in the military.  (NOTE:  Simplified version has a readability of grade 3.1.)  

TIME:  about 4 minutes     TONE:  serious      CAST:  9      READABILITY:  grade 4.6 because of some 3-4 syllable words (e.g., Afghanistan)

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


Sack Lunch Flying

Author Unknown
Adapted for Readers Theater by Carol Montgomery ©2011

Narrator 1:  The Man put his carry-on in the luggage compartment of the jet and sat down in his assigned seat.  He knew it would be a long flight.  He thought...

The Man: 
I’m glad I have a good book to read.  Perhaps I’ll get a short nap, too.

Narrator 2:  Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding The Man.

The Man:  Where are you headed?

Narrator 1:  The Man asked the soldier seated next to him.

Soldier 1:  Petawawa.  We’ll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we’re being deployed to Afghanistan.

Narrator 2:  Answered the soldier.

Narrator 1:  After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made.

Flight Attendant:  Sack lunches are available for five dollars.  If you want one, please tell your flight attendant as we come by.

Narrator 1:  The Man knew it would be several hours before they reached their destination.  A lunch would help pass the time.

Narrator 2:  As The Man reached for his wallet, another soldier asked his buddy...

Soldier 2:  Are you going to buy a lunch?  (continued...)

*** Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the free, patriotic Readers Theater script with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans, "Sack Lunch Flying."

Download the PDF "Sack Lunch Flying," a free, patriotic Readers Theater script perfect for Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, and patriotic programs.

Link to "Sack Lunch Flying, Simplified" for grades 2 and 3

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