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The Strange Case
Of S.C.

Build literacy skills with this fun role play activity! Students read a play script and answer key questions with followup activities


Grade Level: 3-6

MaterialsPrintable Student Handout Script

Story Preview: A doctor invites the family and friends of S.C., a patient with Hectic Holiday Disorder, to share their story with a scientific panel.

Roles: Doctor, S.C., Mrs. C., Holly, Ivy, Elves

Additional Resources

Learn about the people of the polar region, their culture, history, and archaeology in the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center.

Setting: The present-day in a hospital boardroom.

Theme: holidays (December)


  • panel: group or board
  • impairs: makes worse; diminishes
  • competitor:
  • hooligans: rowdy or boisterous individuals
  • rift: a split or divide
  • hoist: lift or raise
  • hoax: trick
  • horizon: the line that separates Earth and sky

Props: none required

Follow-Up Questions:

  • What worry brought on S.C.'s first symptoms?
  • What did S.C. view as the competition?
  • Why didn't the chain of Deck-the-Hall Marts succeed?
  • What workers did S.C. hire?
  • What did the elves find in their Christmas cards?
  • Why did his Mrs. C. take over the family business for S.C.?
  • Who is S.C.? How do you know?

Follow-Up Activity:
Have students research one or more of the questions below about the North Pole and share their results with the group.

  • Why do polar bears never eat penguins?
  • What is the Northwest Passage, and why do some experts believe that it might soon be a more consistent pathway for ships?
  • Why is the North Pole sometimes called "the land of the midnight sun?"
  • What are the northern lights? When and where can they be seen?
  • H is the North Pole changing its behavior?
  • Why is it said that there are really two north poles?

These online resources might be helpful:

Additional Notes: With this script, you might choose to assign the individual roles of the doctor, Holly, S.C., Ivy, and Mrs. C. and then have all other students say the lines of the elves together. In that way, the entire class can be actively involved in the reading.

Article by Cara Bafile
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