Readers Theater All Year

Building Leaders and Creators

Discover
Readers Theater Made Easy

  • Motivate Students
  • Enjoy Community
  • Transform Lives

FREE SCRIPTS

over 50 scripts
"limited lunchbox" 

SCRIPT BUFFET

319 scripts
"all-you-can-eat"

CLICK HERE

xHELPFUL INFO

answers, ideas, techniques, tips, & tools for success

CLICK HERE

trustworthy scripts

Search

Students Save Shad! (Part I) (R = 4.1)

publication date: May 7, 2012
 | 
author/source: Carol Montgomery

StudentsSaveShadBased on a true science story from the book Let the River Run Silver Again by Sandy Burk and trustworthy online resources, this 3-part environmental script series shares how students helped save the American shad (fish).  Hosted by student TV journalists, our free "Students Save Shad!" Readers Theater script integrates curriculum across subject lines in a memorable experience.  Complete with curriculum links for easy lesson plans and further research, this inspiring story will motivate elementary and middle school students to take action and make a difference. 

TIME:  about 5 1/2 minutes         CAST: 6-21+          TONE:  educational, light      READABILITY:  grade 4.1 (grade 3.5 without the words "announcer" or "narrator")

Here is an excerpt from this free environmental Readers Theater script, but make sure you check the download so you get the shad cheer!


Students Save Shad!   (Part I)
(Based on a true story)
Carol Montgomery ©2012



Announcer #1:  This is Kids’ World News with Part I of this week’s top story, “Students Save Shad!”

Announcer #2:  Poor Shad.  What happened to him that the kids had to save him?

Announcer #1:  No one had to save HIM.  Shad is a kind of fish.

Announcer #2:  What?  A bunch of students had to save one fish name Shad?

Announcer #1:  No, no, no.  A lot of students from a lot of schools have saved a lot of fish called shad.

Announcer #2:  Oh, I see.  There’s a lot of fish named Shad and a whole bunch of schools get together to save all the fish named Shad.  Weird.

Announcer #1:
  Let’s get on with our story and you’ll learn all about the American shad.

Announcer #2:
  Ah...  Shad is an American.  Where’s he live?

Announcer #1:  Shad is the name of a kind of American fish.  Students helped rescue the fish in “The Great Shad Adventure.”

Announcer #2:  I love adventures.  Tell me more.

Announcer #1:  I have a better idea.  Let’s play the first video.  That tells the whole shad story.

Announcer #2:  I don’t like sad stories.  I thought you said this was an adventure.

Announcer #1:  It is.  And, it’s a SHAD story with a very happy ending.

Announcer #2:  What are we waiting for, then?  Let’s roll the video!

Announcer #1:  Okay, here comes the narrator!

Narrator #1:  This video series is based on a true story about students who lived near the Potomac River that runs through Washington D.C.  Let’s join them in Part I as their class shares a little about the American shad.  Here’s their teacher...

Teacher:  Many years ago, when the Native Americans lived in this area all the rivers were clean and healthy.  A man could go out and catch delicious fish to help feed his family.  In the Potomac River one of the historically popular fish to catch is called...

Class:  The American shad.

Teacher:  Right!  Our first president, George Washington, was the most famous American shad fisherman in this area.   In fact, his troops at Valley Forge were saved from starvation because of dried...

Class:   American shad!

Teacher:  Right again!  American shad has been an important food--for people and for animals.  What do you remember about the American shad?

Student #1:  The American shad is a big, silvery fish with a row of dark spots on its side.

Student #2:   They hatch in a river, swim to the ocean, then come back to the exact same river years later to spawn in the spring.

Student #3:  If they live long enough, like five years, they can migrate more than 12,000 miles--in the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans and then swim to lay eggs up rivers.

Student #4:  They eat plankton, insects, and sometimes other fish when they’re bigger.

Teacher:  Excellent!  But, who eats the American shad?

Student #5:  Minnows eat the shad eggs and babies in the rivers.

Student #6:  Catfish and bass eat the little ones in the rivers.

Student #7:  In the ocean, big fish like tuna eat them.  Plus, sharks and dolphins eat shad.

Student #8:  Seals and sea lions also like to eat shad in the ocean.

Student #9:  Bald eagles and osprey eat the shad when the big fish come back to their own fresh-water rivers to lay eggs.

Student #10:  I eat shad!  The fish were nailed to planks standing next to a fire to cook it;  I mean smoke it.  It was delicious fishes!

Class: (laughs)

Teacher:  Delicious fishes are nutritious. 

Class:  (laughs) 

Teacher:   Remember, the shad hatch in freshwater rivers and years later go back to the same place they hatched to lay their eggs.  Let’s share our American shad story about these delicious fishes, so our video audience can learn WHY we almost lost the American shad...

Student #11: 
Shad needed a safe place to lay their eggs...
        so they’d hatch, so they’d hatch, so they’d hatch.

Student #12:  But it had to be away from the sea...
        where they’d hatched, where they’d hatched, where they’d hatched.

(Continued--including the shad cheer...)

***Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the environmental science Readers Theater script "Students Save Shad! (Part I)".

Download the PDF
"Students Save Shad!  (Part I)", an environmental science script for elementary or middle school students or families committed to the environment.




Readers Theater All Year™ LLC builds leaders and creators for positive influence through an inexpensive, easy, flexible system.  Readers Theater All Year™ LLC curriculum services provides a caring community for using and creating Readers Theater scripts for families, classrooms, homeschools, camps, and drama clubs.

Praise from Teachers

...Keep doing what you are doing.  There are not enough quality scripts available for children and teens.  So many are inappropriate from a parent's perspective.  As a teacher I want to also build character and integrity while I teach a subject.  Why can't drama build up, inspire and be thought provoking?...Anyway, keep doing what you're doing...we need all the help we can get!
Jen H., Drama teacher

> ...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..."
Graham B. Former primary teacher (now a Visual Art and Drama specialist)

Readers Theater All Year is the most comprehensive collection of Readers Theater scripts and resources I have found on the internet!...Thank you Carol for your leadership and vision and for making Readers Theater so accessible for teachers and parents.
Daniel Fiore, Elementary teacher/author What They Have Taught Me

I found the free readers theater online scripts, teaching tips, and curriculum teleseminars at Readers Theater All Year very inspirational to me. I used the Twelve Days of Christmas...Vacation script in my ESOL classes before Christmas break and my students all enjoyed it..
Lily T. Teacher (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

"> ..We did Squanto's Squash for the family on Thanksgiving and [my sons] participated and loved it. I am so excited about making this a major part of homeschooling. What a great way to learn!
Bethany P. Homeschooling Mom

> ...re: our script "The Earth Day Hen and Friends" I've used this! The kids love it. Thank you for sharing...It's just right for all levels in the class...Your free scripts are wonderful!...They learn so much from drama and reader's theatre...I see the shy ones gain confidence as they read. Fluency and prosody increases with reader's theatre...
Angela D., 3rd grade teacher

Let's Celebrate YOU!

 


Featured Store Product (K-2)

***  Create fluent readers!

33 Fun Animal Riddles Partner Plays

* Over 300 annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans  

33 Animal Riddles

 

Vowel Scripts For Beginners

Explore the entire series of vowel scripts for beginning readers.

These scripts are accompanied by thumbnail images as shown.

Short Vowel ThumbnailShort Vowel Thumbnail

Featured Store Product (3–5)

***  Encourage wise choices!

9 Aesop's Fables with Flexi-Curric™* for easy lesson plans

Aesop's small thumbnail

Featured Store Product (3–8)

***  Sprinkle giggles into your day!

Make lesson plans easy with annotated curriculum links and a graphic organizer on character qualities.

image