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Super Bowl Students vs. Salamander Sly (R = 3.4)

publication date: Jan 27, 2012
author/source: Carol Montgomery

ReadersTheaterAllYearBugOnce again Salamander Sly and his team, The Distractions, challenge the students on the field.  But, this time it's the Super Bowl Students, "the best of the best."  "Super Bowl Students vs. Salamander Sly" is the second free Readers Theater script where the students battle The Distractions, only this time it's the mysterious play-off game.  Although this character-building script was written by request for Super Bowl season, it's useful anytime for a wide range of ages since "Kids Talk Sports" relates to all.

 Complete with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans, "Super Bowl Students vs. Salamander Sly" is perfect for grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 performing, but may also help ESL/ESOL and remedial classes.  Grab another family for some family fun even!  Since it includes a chorus, any number of students may participate.

TIME:  13 minutes        CAST:  6-7+         TONE:  fun, exciting          READABILITY:  grade 3.4

Here's an excerpt from the beginning this free character-building Readers Theater script:

Super Bowl Students vs. Salamander Sly
By Carol Montgomery ©2012

Announcer #1:  Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to “Kids Talk Sports.”  Today we have the game everyone has been waiting for...the Super Bowl Students have finally made it to the mysterious play-off.

Super Bowl Students:  (cheer)

Announcer #2:  It’s been a long haul.  The students have worked hard for months.

Super Bowl Students:  (groan)

Announcer #1:  True.  And they’re hoping that hard work will pay off. 

Super Bowl Students:  (cheer)

Announcer #1: 
This mysterious play-off game is not like any other you’ve ever seen.  It’s not football.  It’s not soccer.  It’s not basketball.  It’s not baseball.  It’s not hockey.  It’s not even Sharks and Minnows!

Announcer #2:  Too bad. 

Announcer #1:  We’ll be watching two teams..... the Super Bowl Students coached by   Professor Boogley Bear...

Super Bowl Students:  (cheer)

Announcer #1: ...and The Distractions coached by Salamander Sly.

Super Bowl Students:

Announcer #2:  Coach Sly has a reputation of being tricky.

Announcer  #1:  He is.  Some say he’s ruthless.

Announcer #2:  He’ll do anything to win, I’ve heard. 

Announcer #1:  It’s true.

Announcer #2:  So, how do you play this mysterious play-off game?

Announcer #1:  The rules are easy.  The Super Bowl Students each have a ball.  Each one on the team has to follow the rules and get his or her ball across the goal line to
score within the time limit.  That’s it.  They score when they cross the goal line with a ball. 

Announcer #2:  And The Distractions have their own balls, right?

Announcer #1:  No, they score when they steal and KEEP a ball from a Super Bowl Student.  We won’t know how many balls The Distractions have until the game is over.

Announcer  #2:  No wonder this play-off game is mysterious.  No one knows what’s happening!

Announcer  #1:  Perhaps.  The problem is Salamander Sly’s team, The Distractions, is invisible.  INVISIBLE!  They will be trying every trick in the book to stop those students and capture the balls.

Announcer #2:  I remember those invisible Distractions. They’re the ones who create weird disturbances on the field trying to prevent the Super Bowl Students from scoring, right?

Announcer #1:
  Exactly.  They also steal balls. The Super Bowl Students get one point for every ball that crosses the goal line.  The Distractions get a point every time they KEEP a Super Bowl Student’s ball until the end of the game.

Announcer #2:  Crossing the goal line with a ball sounds easy enough for the students.

Announcer #1:  And these are the Super Bowl Students, the best of the best. 

Announcer #2:  We’re all ready to go with a couple of microphones down on the field today, right?

Announcer #1:  That’s right.  We have mikes to hear the Super Bowl Students’ coach, Professor Boogley Bear and The Distractions coach, Salamander Sly.  Both coaches are wearing mikes--for our ears only.  The teams can NOT hear our broadcast now.  Oh, I hear Coach Boogley Bear....

Professor Bear:  All right, Super Bowl Students!  Let me hear your cheer before you start today!

Super Bowl Students:   We will keep our focus.
                                      We will do what’s right.
                                      We will all move forward,
                                      And fight distractions fight!   (Continued...)

***Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the character-building Readers Theater script, "Super Bowl Students vs. Salamander Sly."  Football lovers will love the annotated curriculum links for this rollicking Readers Theater!

Download the PDF "Super Bowl Students vs. Salamander Sly," a family fun Readers Theater script with a chorus perfect for grades 3 ,4, 5, 6, 7, ESL/ESOL, and remedial classes.

NOTE:  Here's the link for the article on our companion script: "Back-to-School Team vs. Salamander Sly."

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