Grade Level: 3-6
Engage creative thinking skills and spark the imagination with this idea for a classroom theater production!
Preview: Animal teams compete in a race with an unexpected finish!
Roles: Narrators 1-3, King Lawrence the Lion, Queen Lavinia the Lioness, Andrea Antelope, Charlie Cheetah, Sabrina Sloth, Ted Turtle, Patsy Parrot, Fredericka Falcon, Animals in Crowd
Setting: Present day in the Animal Kingdom
Theme: Native American tales; legends
Props: (Optional) crowns for king and queen (paper, plastic, or made from other materials); cape for king and queen; student-made horns for the antelope; student-made signs for the checkpoints; toy telephone for the sloth and turtle; toy or student-made trophies and coins for prizes; toy or student-made microphone (paper, cardboard or other available materials)
Invite students to research information about the animals in the play. You also might arrange students into small groups to revise the play. Ask groups to change the teams, checkpoints, and prizes. Encourage groups to share their versions of the story.
Additional Notes: Many cultures have legends and tales involving animals. This play was inspired by a Native American story Turtles Race With Bear". Before reading the play, you might discuss with students folktales, legends, or other stories students theyve read that contain animal characters.
Click here for a printable script.
Article by Cara Bafile
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