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In this Readers Theater All Year restaurant we like to serve it up "all you can eat!"

But, to keep this website free of lots of annoying ads and easy for a non-techie to administer we have to pay for several services that help you.  Most of our scripts are listed by grade and category in our growing Script Buffet Table where you may have 24/7 access to ALL of our Readers Theater scripts for just pennies a day–with new scripts added periodically.  (Our free Readers Theater scripts on this page are also available in our Script Buffet Table.)
All of our trustworthy Readers Theater scripts are printable and come with annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans! 
 
Is this a HISTORIC page?
Yes! This is the former index for Readers Theater All Year.  This page started with about 10 free Readers Theater scripts in the fall of 2010.  We outgrew this index style and switched to the Script Buffet Table; however, now we have added a similar table (below) for FREE Readers Theater scripts. Teachers around the globe applaud our paying Script Buffet Club members who keep Readers Theater All Year online to help teachers build leaders and creators with free Readers Theater scripts and tips.

Free Readers Theater Scripts Table
*** Click on any star to see links to the free script titles and readability levels.
FREE SCRIPT CATEGORY Grades K-2 Readability Grades 3-5 Readability Grades 6-8 Readability
Adventures Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2
Biographies Not Yet Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2
Black History Not Yet Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2
Character Building Not Yet Gold Star 2 Not Yet
Easy, Emergent, Beginning Readers Not Yet Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2
Entrepreneurship/Economics/Elections Not Yet
Gold Star 2 Not Yet
Everyday Life Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2
Family Fun
Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2
Health Not Yet Gold Star 2 Not Yet
History Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2
Holidays, Seasons & Events
Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2
Humorous Flavors Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2
Language Arts & Poetry Gold Star 2 Not Yet
Not Yet
Literature  Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2 Not Yet
Mysteries Not Yet Gold Star 2 Not Yet
Patriotic Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2
Science and Nature Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2 Gold Star 2
Seasons Gold Star 2 Not Yet Gold Star 2
Social Studies and Cultures Not Yet Gold Star 2 Not Yet
Sports Not Yet Gold Star 2 Not Yet
Transportation Gold Star 2 Not Yet Not Yet
FREE SCRIPT CATEGORY Grades K-2 Readability Grades 3-5 Readability Grades 6-8 Readability
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**Click on the Readers Theater script titles below to see a brief excerpt of each trustworthy free script with a download link to the full printable PDF version. 
NOTE: Readability grade levels are listed with R=(grade). Examples: R=0.5 is a script for kindergartners and R=4.7,6.8 is a script written in two levels–one for grade 4 and one for grade 6. (Script levels are computed using Flesch-Kincaid readability scoring.)


** Adventures–(includes historical, literature, and more)
Grades K-2
 "The Great Race" (U.S. & Alaskan History)"  R=0.8-1.8 (easy script with two different fonts options for choral Readers Theater or as a partner play)
 • "Dog Jog Adventure"  R=2.7 (for mixed ages including middle school, high school, adults)
   Grades 3-5  
  "Dog Jog Adventure (Advanced vocabulary) R=3.0 (for mixed ages including middle school, high school)
Grades 3-8
 • "Dog Jog Adventure with the Sisters" R=3.6 (main characters are older girls)


** Biographies(Find more in our Script Buffet Club for paying members:  Alexander Graham Bell, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Kit Carson, Luis Walter Alvarez, Wright Brothers, and more...)
Grades 5-6
 •  "The Betsy Ross Story" R=5.2 (includes former president George Washington)
 •  "Underground Railroad Codes" R=6.3, think easier (Harriet Tubman)


** Black History–(Note: These are in the History category in our Script Buffet.)

 Grades 3-5

 •  "The Drinking Gourd" R=3.4
 •  "Harriet Tubman, Alias Moses:  Joe's Journey"  R=4.2

 

Grades 6-8

 •  "Underground Railroad Codes"  R=6.3

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** Character Building–  (multiple positive character qualities in Script Buffet)

Grades 3-5

 •  "The Beaver and the Lumberjack" R=3.3

 •  "The Betsy Ross Story" R=5.2 (includes former president George Washington)
 •  "The Tiny Crooked Crack"  R=4.0

 •  "The Tiny Crooked Crack" (Advanced) R=5.3

 

**  Easy, Emergent, Beginning Readers (grades K-8, ESL, ELL, and special ed with more than 66 scripts in this category for Script Buffet Club members)

Grades K-2

 •  "Tribes and Teams Cheer" R=K,1 Choral RT (grades K-5+, ESL, and special ed)

**  Entrepreneurship/Economics/Elections  (Find "Turkey Dreams" in our Script Buffet for paying members, but see an enhanced version in our TpT Store. See the menu at the top of this page.) 

Grades 3-5

 •  "The Tiny Crooked Crack"  R=4.0

 •  "The Tiny Crooked Crack" (Advanced) R=5.3


**  Everyday Life–(for ELL and other students with more scripts in our Script Buffet)

Grades K-2
 • "Dog Jog Adventure"  R=2.7 (for mixed ages including middle school, high school, adults)
 • "The Earth Day Hen and Friends" (two versions; R=K and R-1.3)
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Grades 3-5
  "Dog Jog Adventure (Advanced vocabulary) R=3.0 (for mixed ages including middle school, high school)
Grades 3-8
 • "Dog Jog Adventure with the Sisters" R=3.6 (main characters are older girls)

** Family Fun(Find more 
scripts in the Script Buffet for paying members, including "This Little Piggy Loves Jokes" for grades 2-4+)
 
Grades K-2
 •  "Dog Jog Adventure"  R=2.7 (for mixed ages including middle school, high school, adults)
Grades 3-5
  "Dog Jog Adventure (Advanced vocabulary) R=3.0 (for mixed ages including middle school, high school)
Grades 3-8
 • "Dog Jog Adventure with the Sisters" R=3.6 (main characters are older girls)


** Health–Find "The F-I-B Case #33" (on fats) and the fun, healthy-heart script "Oh, My Heart, Heart, Heart" in the Script Buffet. ("Oh, My Heart, Heart, Heart" is a popular product in our TpT store.)
Grades 3-5
•  "The Sugar Spies" R=3.7

**History–(Also see Biographies, Black History, and the Patriotic categirues in this section of Free Readers Theater scripts, please. Plus, find more scripts in our Script Buffet–including Alaskan Dogsled Race, Inventors and Inventions...)
Grades K-2
•   "9/11 Heroes" R=2.7 (suitable for mature grades 1-3, ESL)
•  "The Great Race" (U.S. & Alaskan History)  R=0.8-1.8 (An easy script provided in two different, large size fonts. May be used as a choral Readers Theater or as a partner play.)
Grades 5-8
•  "Moon Talk–Apollo 11 (Long Version)" R=5.0 + middle school, high school, adults
•  "Moon Talk–Apollo 11 (Shortened fro the Long Version)"  R=5.1 + middle school, high school, adults
•  "Moon Talk–Apollo 11 (Quick Version)"  R=5.8 + middle school, high school, adults
  "Never, Never, Never Forget 9/11" R=6.2 (also suitable for middle school, high school, adults)

**Holidays, Seasons & Events (mostly United States):

    Back to School–
Grades K-2
•  "Tribes and Teams Cheer" R=K,1 Choral RT (grades K-5+, ELL, and special ed)
•  "Back-to-School Team vs. Salamander Sly" R=2.3 *Character Building
Grades 3-5
•  "Back-to-School Team vs. Salamander Sly" R=3.4 *Character Building
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    Christmas (includes Ephiphany or Three Kings Day)–(more in Script Buffet)
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
    
    Columbus Day
(No free scripts yet.)
   
    Easter–
See www.ScriptsByWarren.com for free (and paid) Easter scripts based on Biblical literature.
   
    Earth Day–
(NOTE:  Also see environmental series on the American shad fish restoration under "Science & Nature" below.)
Grades K-2
•  "The Earth Day Hen and Friends" R=K,1.3 (Two Versions:  Easy and Expanded)
Grades 3-5

    Election Day – (See Entrepreneurship/Economics/Elections in this Free Script Index)
    End of School– (Pick something fun!)
Grades K-2
•  "Oh, Give Me a Home in a Book" R=1.6 (based on the song Home on the Range)
    Father's Day– (more in Script Buffet Club for paying members)
Grades K-2
•  "Hats Off to Dad"  R=1.3 (K to 3)
Grades 3-5
•  "Wanted to Say"  R=3.1

    Flag Day–
Grades 3-5
  "The Betsy Ross Story" R=5.2 (includes former president George Washington)

    Groundhog's Day–No Free Scripts yet, but consider
"Waddles the Grateful Groundhog" in our TpT Store. See the menu at the top of this page.

     Memorial Day–
Grades 3-5
•  "Sack Lunch Flying" R=4.6

    Mother's Day–
Grades K-2
•  "Mom:  Every Day Is Mother's Day" R=0.7

    New Year  No Free scripts yet, but see "Turkey Dreams" (enhanced version) in our TpT Store.) 

    Patriot Day (Sept. 11, 2001)–
Grades K-2
•   "9/11 Heroes"   R=2.7 (mature students in grades 1-3, ELL)
Grades 6-8
•    "Never, Never, Never Forget 9/11"  R=6.2 (also middle school/high school, adults)


    President's Day– (Find 3 versions of "President's Day Quiz Parade" in our Script Buffet–one for primary students, one for grades 3-5, one for grades 6-8.)
Grades 3-5

    Remembrance Day–
Grades 2-3
 "Sack Lunch Flying"  R=3.1
Grades 4-6
   
    St. Patrick's Day–
Grades 3-5
•  "St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Radio Show" R=4.4 (for upper elementary grades)
Grades 6-8
•  "St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Radio Show" R=6.8  (Middle School)

    Super Bowl–

Grades 3-7
•  "Super Bowl Students vs. Salamander Sly" R=3.4  (ELL...) *character-building

    Teacher Appreciation Day
Grades 3-5
  "Three Cheers for Teachers!" R=3.9

    Thanksgiving–
        
Grades K-2

Grades 3-5
•  "American Thanks" R=4.9

    Valentine's DayNo free scripts yet, but enjoy two versions of our popular "Oh, My Heart, Heart, Heart" Readers Theater script in our TpT 
Store or our Script Buffet.

    Veterans Day–
Grades 2-3
 "Sack Lunch Flying"  R=3.1
Grades 4-6

**Humorous Flavors(more humorous scripts in the Script Buffet for paying members: "Noodle Strudel," "This Little Piggy Loves Jokes," and "Kid's Talk Show Interview:  Banana Man, the Not-So-Serious Spy"...)
 
Grades K-2
•  "The Earth Day Hen and Friends" R=K,1.3 (two Versions:  Easy and Expanded)
 • "Dog Jog Adventure"  R=2.7 (for mixed ages including middle school, high school, adults)
   Grades 3-5  
  "Dog Jog Adventure (Advanced vocabulary) R=3.0 (for mixed ages including middle school, high school)
 •  "Dog Jog Adventure with the Sisters"  R=3.6 (main characters are older girls)
 •  "St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Radio Show"  R=4.4 (3 readability levels listed above under Holidays–St. Patrick's Day)

** Language Arts & Poetry: (in Script Buffet: thesaurus, poetry, puns...)
Grades K-2
 "The Parts of Speech Poem" R=1.2

** Literature:
   
    Aesop's
Fables(more Aesop's Fables in the Script Buffet for paying members or see our TpT store)
  Grades 3-5
•  "The Beaver and the Lumberjack" R=3.3
   
    Biblical Literature
– (more in Script Buffet Club for paying members)
Grades K-2
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Grades 3-5
•  "Make a Joyful Noise!  Psalm 100 KJV" R=4.7
   
    Parables–(more in the Script Buffet)
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Grades K-2
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Grades 3-5
   
    Tales
("The Little Red Rooster, Master Chef," "This Little Piggy Loves Jokes," "The Bremen Town Detective Band–Parts I & II," and "Percy and Pudge:  The Sand Castle" are in the Script Buffet for paying members.)
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Grades 3-5
•  "Goldy Socks and the Three Hares"   R=3.5

** Mysteries 
(more mysteries in the Script Buffet)
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Grades 3-5
•  "The Sugar Spies" R=3.7

** Patriotic(more patriotic scripts in the Script Buffet for paying members.)
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Grades K-2
•  "9/11 Heroes"  R=2.7 (mature grades 1-3, ESL)
Grades 3-5
•  "Sack Lunch Flying" R=4.6 also suitable for grade 6
•  "The Betsy Ross Story" R=5.2 (includes former president George Washington)
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"Abraham Lincoln:  It's Lincoln Penny Day!" (Two Versions:  Group/Audience Participation or Short Version) R=5.2 
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Grades 6-8
  "Never, Never, Never Forget 9/11"  R=6.2 (middle school, high school, adults)



** Science & Nature(more in the Script Buffet)
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Grades K-2
•  "Shad Rhythm and Cheer" R=1.0 Cast=3+(choral)
•  "Kids Save Shad" R=1  Cast=3-4+(4 choruses)
•  "Hip Hop Water Drop!" R=2.7
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Grades 3-6
•  "Students Save Shad (Part I)"  R=4.1 Cast=6-21+
•  "Students Save Shad (Part II)"  R=4.8 Cast=8+
•  "Students Save Shad  (Part III)" R=4.2 Cast=10-12
•  "Talking Pets – Beyond Earth Day" R=4.8
•  "Moon Talk–Apollo 11 (Long Version)"  R=5.0 (middle school, high school, adults)  
•  "Moon Talk–from Apollo 11 (Shortened from Long Version)"  R=5.1 (middle school, high school, adults) 
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Grades 6-8
•  "Moon Talk–Apollo 11 (Quick Version)" R=5.8 (middle school, high school, adults) 
**  Seasons("Here Comes Spring, Silly or Not!", "Leaf Maze," "Sweet Snow," "Winter Faces," and "Winter Wishes" are in the Script Buffet for paying members)   
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Grades K-2
•  "The Great Race" (winter) (grade: 0.8-1.8)  (Two font choices to enjoy as choral Readers Theater or as a partner play.)
•  "Back-to-School Team vs. Salamander Sly" R=2.3 (fall) *Character Building
Grades 6-8
•  "Super Bowl Students vs. Salamander Sly" R=3.4 (winter/sports/football) suitable for grades 3-7 *character-building
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** Social Studies and Cultures(more in the Script Buffet)
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Grades 3-5
  "American Thanks" R=4.9, runs about a minute

** Sports(more in the Script Buffet)
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Grades 3-7
•  "Super Bowl Students vs. Salamander Sly" R=3.4 (also ELL and remedial classes) *character-building
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** Transportation(more in the Script Buffet)
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Grades K-2
•  "The Great Race" (dogsled) (Grade: 0.8–1.8) (Two font sizes to enjoy as a choral Readers Theater or as a partner play.)
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 Gold StarThanks for checking out our free Readers Theater script samples. The "all-you-can-eat" Script Buffet Club for paying members includes all these categories and more–over 360 scripts.  

For Script Buffet Club benefits see  Why Do Teachers Join Readers Theater All Year's  Script Buffet Club?
 

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Discover "ticklers" of all of our Free Scripts by date of publication below. At the bottom of each page click on "more articles" to see the script titles on the next page.

Recent articles

  Harriet Tubman, Alias Moses: Joe's Journey (Simplified) (R = 3.4)
  Squanto's Squash (Simplified with Group/Audience Participation and Short Version) (R=2.6)
  The Beaver and the Lumberjack (R=3.3)
  The Great Race (R=.8-1.8, think K-1)
  Sack Lunch Flying (Simplified) R = 3.1
  Squanto's Squash (R=4.5) (Group Participation and Short Versions)
  Dog Jog Adventure with the Sisters (R = 3.6)
  12 Tips for Teachers Who Need Free Supplies
  Talking Pets—Beyond Earth Day (R = 4.8)
  Oh, Give Me a Home in a Book (R = 1.6)
  St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Radio Show (Middle School) (R = 6.8)
  St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Radio Show (Simplified) (R = 3.6)
 
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

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