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Animal Adaptations Play Reader's Theater - Ranger Lox + the Three Vores

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This whimsical reader's theater teaches students about animal adaptations. My goal was to provide a fun way to reinforce or introduce the terms herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore. The play is 10 pages in length. Illustrations are added throughout. Please note that this play is not an in-depth lesson about animal adaptations, but is a great way to enhance existing lessons, or begin a unit of study. The reader’s theater format allows many students to participate, and it reinforces reading and speaking skills.

The story takes place at a wildlife preserve in Conifer Forest National Park (fictional name). Three of the animals in the nature preserve (a beaver, a wolf, and a raccoon) are upset because Ranger Lox mixed up their meals and brought them the wrong food. A bear named Mr. Big serves as their spokesperson (or spokesbear), and he works with the ranger to eventually solve the problem. Each of the three animals describes how their teeth are adapted for eating specific foods.

I tried to interject humor throughout the story, so I hope your students laugh and learn as you go through the activity. You could read it in one sitting, or divide it up into sections, having the students make predictions and a discuss the science embedded in each scene.

I have included a wordsearch activity for your students to do after they have completed the story. It contains the key science terms, plus the names of the main characters.

Special thanks to Cosmic Dog Designs for providing the graphics for this activity.

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