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Save the Zoo! (Part 2; R = 4.9)

publication date: Nov 5, 2013
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How do you teach respect?  This fun Readers Theater script grew from an Australian Script Buffet Club member's desire to teach respect to a diverse set of students.  By incorporating discussions with the 2-part script "Save the Zoo!" students discover examples of respect for self, respect for others, respect for authority, and respect for the environment.  This multi-curricular Readers Theater script includes marsupial facts and a few fun surprises.  Although this is a 2-part Readers Theater script, the two parts may be combined into one performance (about 15 minutes total).  Complete with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans, "Save the Zoo!" is perfect for elementary students or performances FOR elementary students.  This is "Save the Zoo! (Part 2-American Version)" NOTE: See the Aussie Version link, at the end of the excerpt, for the Australian spellings of some key words (e.g., behaviour, favourite, practising).  Reading this fun script ALWAYS makes me smile!  Enjoy!

TIME:  5 1/2 minutes     CAST:  6-10+ (optional choruses)     TONE:  light     READABILITY:  grade 4.9

Here's a link for Part 1

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