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The Great Race (R=.8-1.8, think K-1)

publication date: Feb 13, 2017
author/source: Carol Montgomery

the great race, easySled dogs.  Saving children.  Nonfiction adventure.  "The Great Race" remembers The Great Race of Mercy in 1925 saving Nome, Alaska, from a diphtheria epidemic.  Twenty sled dog teams and their mushers raced a non-stop relay to rush the life-saving antitoxin serum to the doctor in the middle of a winter snowstorm.  This easy, introductory script is in our History, Seasons & Events category and comes complete with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans, too.  Perfect for those who can read at a first grade level or above, the 2-character script may be used chorally or as a partner play with two font options.  (Note:  This script may be too juvenile for adult learners, but we have other scripts they may like from the same race including "Togo Tales.")

TIME:  about 1 minute      CAST:  2 (or 2 choral groups)   TONE:  exciting    READABILITY:  about grade 1


Below is an excerpt.  Use the yellow link below the script to download the printable PDF of the script with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans.


The Great Race

by Carol Montgomery ©2017


Hero:  A long time ago a lot of children were very sick.


Winner: They lived far away in deep snow.


Hero:  They needed a shot of serum to get well.


Winner:  Their doctor did not have the serum.


Hero: Sled dogs and their mushers were the only way to get through the snow.


Winner: Sled dogs and their mushers rushed to get the serum from the train.


All:  Run, Team, Run!


Hero:  Next, the sled dog teams rushed to get the serum to the doctor.


All:  Run, Team, Run!


Winner: The teams had to cross ice.


All:  Run, Team, Run!


Hero:  The sled dog teams had to cross snow.


All:  Run, Team, Run!


Winner: They ran day and night.


All:  Run, Team, Run!



***Click the yellow link below to download the printable PDF "The Great Race" for K-2 readers.


Download the PDF "The Great Race" complete with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans.

In our Store you can find complete 3-part (or 3 act) readers theater covering the entire 1925 race to Nome for middle elementary, upper elementary, and middle school.

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