Engage creative thinking skills and spark the imagination with this idea for a classroom theater production!
Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: Little Gerry Green Thumb wants to become a member of Nursery Rhyme Kingdom. To reach his goal, Little Gerry must pass the scrutiny of a committee of current characters. At first, some members of the panel have reservations about admitting someone with his unique appearance. After they meet Little Gerry -- and see his special talent -- they view him in a different light.
Roles: Narrators 1 and 2; King of Hearts; Little Gerry Green Thumb; Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary; Old Mother Goose; Little Nancy Etticoat; Muffin Man; Jack Be Nimble; Peter Piper; Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
Setting: present day, a faraway kingdom
Theme: diversity, nursery rhymes
Props: (Optional) table; several chairs; several folders with a few sheets of papers inside each one; student-made large thumb shape created from green construction paper or paper colored green or a green plastic thumb; tape; two potted plants (real or plastic) or two student or teacher-made pictures of potted plants, one wilted, one green
Follow-Up Activity: Discuss the meaning of the word “diversity” as it is used in the play. Then arrange the class into small groups to edit the play. Ask each group to create another new character with a different physical feature and unique skill. Then have each group write a rhyme for the new character. Ask groups to share their changes with the class. You also might have the class re-read or perform the play using the students’ revised versions.
Additional Notes: There are numerous nursery rhyme sites on the Web. You might want to start with Enchanted Learning’s Rebus Rhymes, which contains the texts for many popular nursery rhymes along with printable and online activities.
Click here for a printable script.
Article by Lois Lewis
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