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Aesop's Scripts

Aesop's Scripts presents twelve of the most common of Aesop's Fables written as plays for children.

Aesop's Scripts



What Are Aesop's Scripts?

Aesop's Scripts are short plays (ie skits) written for early readers. Aesop's Scripts have these features:
  • Twelve of the most popular fables to familiarize your students with these classical tales.
  • Written as plays or scripts, with all lines on one page.
  • Each play provides for two speaking parts. A third narrator can also read though those parts are short.
  • Written for early third grade or late second grade readers.
  • Each of the twelve of Aesop's Scripts emphasize two to five common but difficult words. (See below for list of words.)
  • Provide a great reading review after summer vacation.

Free Download of Aesop's Scripts

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Click to print your free download. It is 24 pages in portrait (usually the default setting.)

NOTE: There are two copies of each of Aesop's Scripts:
  • First copy has the lesson's words underlined.
  • Second copy does not have underlined words.

Aesop's Scripts and Word Review

Aesop's Scripts

#1: The Ant and the Grasshopper

Words:
  • Who
  • Why
  • What
  • There
Other Features: Knock-knock joke

#2: A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

Words:
  • This
  • Know
  • How
  • Have
  • That


#3: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Words:
  • There
  • Where
  • Here
  • Hear


#4: The Jackdaw and the Pigeons

Words:
  • Heard
  • Watch
  • They
  • Their
  • Them


#5: City Mouse and Country Mouse

Words:
  • Thought
  • Could
  • Should
  • Would


#6: The Tortoise and the Hare

Words:
  • Through
  • Though
  • Thought


Other Features: Rhyming phrases

#7: The Golden Goose

Words:
  • Bought
  • Buy
  • Something
  • Anything
  • Everything
  • Nothing
Other Features: Greed progresses from wanting something, to anything, to everything.

#8: The Peacock and The Crane

Words:
  • Can't
  • Won't
  • Don't

#9: The Fox and the Crow

Words:
  • Which
  • Want
  • Then


Other Features: Expressions like "Huh?" and "Uh-huh" are also included in the dialogue.

#10: The Fox and the Sour Grapes

Words:
  • These
  • Those
  • Enough


Other Features: An opportune time to contrast "these" and "those" in usage.

#11: The Lion and the Mouse

Words:
  • Because
  • Please


#12: The Dog in the Manger

Words:
  • When
  • Than
  • While

Coming Soon: Using Aesop's Scripts

Aesop's Scripts

Come back soon for more ideas on how to use Aesop's Scripts to enliven your lessons with enthusiastic readers (and actors.)


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