Puppet Plays by Fifth-Grade Students

By DeAnn Setler

DeAnn Setler was the library media specialist at Boreman Elementary School in Charleston, West Virginia for four years. She has a master's degree in secondary education. Reprinted in AppLit with permission, from Journey Through Fantasy Literature: A Resource Guide for Teachers. Vol. II, pp. 125-28. Ed. Roberta T. Herrin. Developed during a Teachers Institute sponsored by East Tennessee State University and the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1988-89.

See also:
Student Activities on Folktales
Index of Student Writing in AppLit
Complete List of AppLit Pages on Drama
Students Write Jack Tales - with nine Jack Tales written by fourth graders

Puppets "R" Us is a puppet show club consisting of seven fifth-grade students. Students in the club are Rich Adkins, Stanley Parsons, Amber Thaxton, Amber Tincher, Leah Stover, Jessica Eisenhard, and Doug Ford. These students write their own scripts and record their parts on a cassette tape. During performances students play the cassette tape and then are free to concentrate on working the puppets. The students performed at the Boreman Elementary School talent show and for kindergarten through third-grade classes, and planned to perform for community functions the next year.

The Mixed Up Easter Bunny

By Rich Adkins, Leah Stover, Stanley Parsons and Jessica Eisenhard

Narrator: One day the Easter Bunny walked into his workshop. Noticing that he had dropped an egg, he bent down to pick it up. He bumped his head on a shelf and was knocked unconscious.

Bunny: Ouch! Where am I?

Owl: Don't worry, son. You'll be all right in a little while.

Narrator: The owl helped the Easter Bunny to bed, and when he woke up he thought he was Santa Claus.

Bunny: Ho, ho, ho! Where's my red suit? Where are my elves? Where am I?

Narrator: So the Easter Bunny climbed out of bed and had an urge for cookies and milk.

Bunny: Hmmmm, let's see here. Why aren't there Christmas cookies? Where in the heck are my reindeer?

Owl: What's the matter?

Bunny: Oh, nothing.

Owl: Are you sure?

Bunny: Of course. Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!

Narrator: The Easter Bunny heard the doorbell ring, and a little girl walked in.

Girl: Easter Bunny! Easter Bunny! I love you! I have been a very good little girl this year. Speaking of presents, what are you going to bring me?

Bunny: I am going to bring you lots of neat stuff.

Girl: Okay. Bye.

Narrator: As the Easter Bunny was looking in the mirror, he noticed that he might not be Santa Claus, like he thought he was.

Bunny: What are these long ears doing here? And where is my beard?

Owl: That's what I've been trying to tell you. You're not Santa; you're the Easter Bunny! You were knocked unconscious, and you thought you were Santa. Now you'd better deliver those eggs to all those good little boys and girls.

Bunny: I'm on my way! Bye!

All: Happy Easter!

How Grandpa Saved Easter

Henry: Amber Tincher
Mr. Turtle: Amber Thaxton
Grandpa: Doug Ford
Narrator: Amber Thaxton

Henry: Hi, Grandpa! Whatcha doing, Grandpa? I came to hear a story, Grandpa!

Grandpa: Okay, sonny. Well, it all started when . . . I was just a young . . .

Henry: Hurry up, Grandpa! I want to hear the story, Grandpa.

Grandpa: If you keep interruptin', I won't finish it!

Henry: Okay, Grandpa, I'll be quiet, Grandpa, okay!

Grandpa: It all started when I was eight and one-half years old. No one believed I could do anything. I ran into the Easter Bunny, and he was complaining about his leg.

Henry: What did he do to his leg, Grandpa? Huh? Huh?

Grandpa: He broke his leg. So I said, "Can I deliver the eggs for you?"

Henry: Was it fun, Granpa? Huh? Huh?

Grandpa: Yes, it was, sonny. The day I delivered the eggs I ran into Mr. Turtle, and he invited me to tea. I said, "Yes." After I had tea, the turtle asked me what I was doing in this neck of the woods. I said . . .

Henry: What did you say, Grandpa? Huh? Huh? What did you say?

Grandpa: If you would BE QUIET, I could tell you!

Henry: Oh, Grandpa, I'll listen, Grandpa.

Grandpa: Now back to my story . . .

Narrator: Grandpa thinks back to his old days, about him and the turtle.

Grandpa: Well, Mr. Turtle, I'm going to deliver these Easter eggs.

Turtle: Isn't that the Easter Bunny's job?

Grandpa: Yes, but he broke his leg, so I have to do it.

Turtle: I think that you are too little to handle a responsibility like that.

Grandpa: But the Easter Bunny told me to!

Turtle: Well, I hope you do a good job.

Grandpa: Okay, bye!

Henry: What happened next, Grandpa? Tell me, Grandpa!

Grandpa: Okay, I'll tell you. It all ended up okay, and I delivered all the eggs.

Henry: That was a great story, Grandpa! And I listened, too. Didn't I, Grandpa?

Grandpa: Good-bye, Henry!

Honky the Pig

By Amber Thaxton and Amber Tincher

Narrator: This is about how Honky and the farmer became friends.

Farmer: I wish that pig Honky would get fat so I could sell him at the market.

Wife: Now don't get upset, George. He's just a little pig.

Farmer: I know, Doris, but I need the money.

Wife: Well, just feed him more.

Narrator: As Honky was passing back and forth, he ran into his friend Charissa the cow.

Cow: What's wrong, Honky?

Honky: I'm starving!

Cow: Then why don't you eat?

Honky: I would, but then the farmer would sell me at the market.

Cow: Oh . . maybe I could help.

Honky: How?

Cow: Just do what I tell you.

Narrator: The cow's plan was to try to get the farmer and Honky to become friends. The cow told Honky to jump into the farmer's arms and lick him.

Farmer: Doris, do you think I should sell Honky?

Wife: What do you think?

Farmer: We really need the money, but . . . well, Honky is my only friend other than you.

Wife: Then don't sell him.

Farmer: Okay.

Narrator: Now Honky is fat and he is scared!

Farmer: Honky, I've decided not to sell you.

Narrator: Here are Honky's thoughts: I love this dude!

The Mannerless Monkey is another puppet play by this group, to be reprinted here later.

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