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On Top of Spaghetti (R=2.1)

publication date: Jan 21, 2023
author/source: Carol Montgomery

Bug ThumbDo you remember the old song "On Top of Spaghetti," based on the tune to the folk song "On Top of Old Smokey"? Children and adults have enjoyed it for many years. The lyrics begin: "On top of spaghetti all covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed..." Yes, it's a silly story, but so fun. "On Top of Spaghetti –Again" adapts the lyrics to a 2-part Choral Readers Theater script or a partner play. Complete with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans, "On Top of Spaghetti–Again" Readers Theater provides fun fluency practice for groups of all ages, English Language Learners, and homeschoolers. This is the shortened primary version with two font options. (The longer version has a readability of grade 4.4.)

TIME: about 50 seconds       CAST:  2 or 2 choral groups        TONE: light, fun       READABILITY: grade 2.1 (grade 1.1 replacing the reader names "Pasta" and "Sauce" with "A" & "B")

Below is an excerpt from this fun, gift script:


     On Top of Spaghetti–Again
       Adapted for Readers Theater by Carol Montgomery ©2023


Pasta:  On top of spaghetti all covered with cheese,

Sauce:  I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed.

Pasta:  It rolled off the table, and onto the floor.

Sauce:  And, then my poor meatball...

Pasta and Sauce:  Rolled out of the door!

Pasta:  It rolled in the garden and under a bush.

Sauce:  And, then my poor meatball...

Pasta and Sauce:  Was nothing but mush.

Pasta:  The mush was as tasty as tasty could be,

Sauce:  And, then my poor meatball...

Pasta and Sauce:  Grew into a tree!

Pasta:  The tree was all covered with meatballs galore,

Sauce:  From one lonely meatball

Pasta and Sauce:  That rolled out the door

***Click the yellow link below to download the printable PDF "On Top of Spaghetti–Again" for primary level students, English Language Learners, homeschoolers, or fun gatherings of all ages.

Download the PDF "On Top of Spaghetti–Again" (shortened, primary version) adapted for Choral Readers Theater or partner plays.

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