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Give Thanks to the Lord: From Psalm 136 (R = 2.0, 4.8)

publication date: Oct 20, 2010
author/source: Carol Montgomery

ReadersTheaterAllYearBugStraight Scripture.  Divided for devotions.  Nothing funny.  Nothing elaborate. Simply thankfulness.  Written for a family with 4 children, the parts could be switched out many ways.  One teacher adapted it for a School Program.  We have her version online as a download, too.  The curriculum links at the end of the script should help reinforce the words of this popular Psalm.  

TIME: about 1 1/2 minutes  CAST: 6+  TONE:  serious and thankful   READABILITY: Grade 2.0, 4.8 (Maxine's adapted version)

***Note the testimony after the link and one teacher's adaptation of the psalm for a school program.  The link to Maxine's school program version of Psalm 136 is available under her lovely testimony.

Here is a brief excerpt from our free Readers Theater adaptation of Psalm 136:

Give Thanks to the Lord:  From Psalm 136

(Psalm 136: 1-9, 23-26)

Arranged for Readers Theater by Carol Montgomery ©2010

Child 1:  O give thanks unto the LORD;  for he is good:

  For his mercy endureth for ever.

Child 2:  O give thanks unto the God of gods:

Men:  For his mercy endureth for ever.

Child 3:  O give thanks to the Lord of lords:

Ladies:  For his mercy endureth for ever.

Child 4:  To him who alone doeth great wonders:

Men:  For his mercy endureth for ever.

Dad:  To him that by wisdom made the heavens:

Children:  For his mercy endureth for ever...   (Continued...)

Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the free Readers Theater script "Give Thanks to the Lord:  From Psalm 136 KJV."

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"Give Thanks to the Lord:  From Psalm 136 KJV," a free Readers Theater script based on the King James Version of the Bible.

One Teacher's Testimony and Ideas for This Script:

"Carole,  We took your Reader's Theater script on Psalm 136 and the kids and teachers added things they were particularly thankful for.  We even gave grandparents some things to read, as well.  We ran off a bunch of copies and passed them out to our audience at the Graduation and Celebration Program at the end of the year, and THIS was how we ended our time together--being thankful to God, together!  THANK YOU!  It was a real blessing to all..."

Maxine P.
Primary Teacher

School Program Version of Give Thanks to the Lord:  Psalm 136

***Click on the link below to see the full printable copy of Maxine's School Program Version of Give Thanks to the Lord:  Psalm 136 (KJV).

Download Give Thanks to the Lord:  Psalm 136 (School Program Version) arranged by Maxine Peirson.

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> ...I have been teaching for 35 years. RT has been part of my education journey for the majority of that time. Initially my experience with it was as a performance genre in the Drama Curriculum. Now I use it across the curriculum - a wonderful high motivation strategy in the language program - particularly reading - and so much more as you would know. I was drawn to your 'community' by the idea of leadership... I think what you're doing is wonderful..."
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