Divide audience up into six parts.
Assign each a word and the associated saying. Tell them they are to say the
phrase whenever their word occurs in the story. Practice as you assign
MOLEHILL I'm so tiny
CANYON It's deep
I'm sooo BIG
GORGE I'm a
HILL I'm just right
DALE Where's Chip?
There was once a very small MOLEHILL.
He always wanted to be a MOUNTAIN but he did not quite know how. He
went to talk to the HILL next door. The HILL told the
MOLEHILL. that being a MOUNTAIN was big stuff. Just then, the
GORGE spoke up. "MOLEHILL." she said, "I once was a DALE.
But I wanted to be a CANYON. I talked to the MOUNTAIN and he
just laughed. But l, when I was a DALE, begged and begged. So when it
rained, the MOUNTAIN drained the water over the HILL and made
me a CANYON. Lots of my pretty plants were washed away."
The MOLEHILL was getting bored by
how the DALE became a GORGE by becoming a CANYON. MOLEHILL
just yawned. A HILL I will be, he thought, maybe later a MOUNTAIN.
Just then, there was a big explosion. The MOLEHILL puffed up and
became a HILL. "What was that?" shouted the CANYON. A small
DALE next door said, "Don't you remember, they are digging a mine?"
The CANYON said, "Yes, I feel it."
But the MOLEHILL didn't care, because he was growing. Just then the
miners came out of the side of the GORGE and fell to the bottom. They
had tunneled from the DALE, through the HILL, under the
CANYON, around the MOUNTAIN and fell out the side of the
GORGE, who said, "What a shallow tunnel!" With all of the excitement,
the MOLEHILL that was now a HILL, forgot about becoming a
MOUNTAIN. And the DALE, valley and GORGE were just as
happy not to hear about it again.
The moral of this story is that if you
ever think you are making a MOUNTAIN out of a MOLEHILL,
running from HILL to DALE, remember what the GORGE said
to the CANYON: "I'm a deep subject for such a shallow mine."
On The Beach
Create a list ahead of time of the types
of words needed for the story, and ask the audience to provide the words to
fill in the blanks in the story. The narrator reads the story. Filling in
the blanks with the words provided by the audience.
Person in Room________________________
If you want to enjoy yourself
at the beach, you should bring your _plural noun_. Before exposing
your skin to the sun, you should put suntan oil on your _body
part_ . Rub it on your face; then smear it all over. Be
sure that it's rubbed in thoroughly. Then go into the salt water and
_verb _. When you come out of the water, don't dry your _body part_.
Lie down on a(an) _noun_ and soak up the rays. It's fun if you
bring a(an) _noun_
to play with at the beach, l
like to build _plural noun_ with sand. You see all sorts
of bodies at the beach. Some are _adjective_ like your
own. You can _verb_ on the beach. Some beaches allow you to sunbathe
without your _plural noun_, _exclamation_ ! My friend, _person in room_
went to a beach without his/her _noun_
and got so sunburned that he/she had to walk home.
A Pirate Story
Divide audience into seven parts and
assigns word and motions. Practice as you assign the parts.
Old Sea Pirate Ho! Ho! Ho!
and a bottle of Rum
Silver Aharrr me maties
Parrot Polly wants a cracker
Cloud Blow wind Blow
Croaky Crocodile Tic Toc, Tic
Toe (shake head)
Gulls caw, caw (flapping arms)
Once upon a time there was an Old Sea
Pirate and his Bosun who sailed out on the ocean blue in their
sturdy ship the Black Cloud.
Far off in the distance he could hear the
Sea Gulls cry.
The Old Sea Pirate and his
Bosun dropped anchor and went fast asleep, first making sure all the
hatches were secured on the Black Cloud.
Now creeping up the side of the ship came
Long John Silver and his parrot Polly looking for the treasure
of the Old Sea Pirate and his Bosun.
Looking for Long John Silver was
Croaky Crocodile who had swallowed a clock.
Just as Long John Silver and
Polly Parrot discovered the treasure chest, Croaky Crocodile's
clock woke up the Old Sea Pirate and his Bosun who thought it
was the Sea Gulls landing on the deck of the Black Cloud.
Well Long John Silver grabbed hold
of Polly Parrot and turned
w run, and only in his haste he
tripped overboard, much to the glee of Croaky Crocodile. The Old
Sea Pirate and his Bosun chased after them, but the Black
Cloud rolled in the waves. clearing the deck of Sea Gulls. the
Old Sea Pirate and his Bosun.
Now. from a very good source. I am told
that the last anyone heard of all these characters was strange sounds in the
night as the Sea Gulls flew overhead followed by Long John Silver
and Polly Parrot, chased by the Old Sea Pirate and his
Bosun. all frantically swimming away from Croaky Crocodile with
his ticking clock, while to this day, the Black Cloud is anchored far
out at sea with its treasure chest still aboard.