"Friendly Neighborhood Helpers" Musical Play by Bad Wolf Press
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    • 20-minute musical play for grades K-3
    • Includes the script, teacher's guide, and audio recording (which contains a vocal and instrumental version of each song)
    • Simple to do - no music or drama experience needed!

    Designed especially for younger students, Friendly Neighborhood Helpers introduces students to the many helpful people in their community. Through simple, catchy songs and brief dialogue, students learn about firefighters, mail carriers, grocers, dentists and many more who work every day to make their neighborhood a better place to live.

    Please scroll down to read the script, listen to the songs, read reviews, and get all the details about the play (plot, curriculum/content, educational standards, and vocabulary).

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    Friendly Neighborhood Helpers is a great complement to your curriculum resources in elementary school social studies. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!


    Publication Information

    Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
    ISBN: 978-1-886588-26-4
    © 2002 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

    Song Samples

    Full Song List

    1. Friendly Neighborhood Helpers
    2. I'm the Crossing Guard
    3. We Do
    4. We Are All Dentists
    5. Grocery Store
    6. We Carry the Mail
    7. We Are Chefs
    8. The Plumbers Again
    9. The Lovely Garbage Truck
    10. I'm Gonna Be
    11. Friendly Neighborhood Helpers (reprise)


    Casting

    Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
    Use as many Mail Carriers, Fire Fighters, etc. as desired.
    One student can easily play several roles if needed. Note that all roles
    can be played by either boys or girls. The Storyteller will be played by many students
    (who may also play the role of a neighborhood helper).

    Script

    This is the first one-third of the script:

    CHARACTERS:

    Storytellers (many students share the role)
    Crossing Guard
    Fire Fighters
    Dentists
    Fruit Grocer
    Vegetable Grocer
    Dairy Grocer
    Mail Carriers
    Chefs
    Plumbers
    Kid Garbage Truck Fans
    Veterinarian
    Librarian
    Recycler
    and a CHORUS comprised of all students who are not playing roles on stage at the time

    (STUDENTS face the audience in small groups. There might be a large banner across the
    top of the backdrop that clearly reads “Friendly Neighborhood Helpers.”)

      Song 1 - Listen now!

    CLASS :
    You bring the mail
    You find us books
    You put out fires
    You catch the crooks
    Friendly neighborhood helpers we thank you.

    You’ve checked our teeth
    Since we were tots
    You fix the drain
    You give us shots.

    PART of CLASS (shouts): Ouch!

    CLASS:
    Friendly neighborhood helpers we thank you.
    We thank you.

    Here’s our show
    Starring you
    Folks will know
    All that you do.
    Here’s our show
    Starring you
    Folks will know
    All that you do.

    You bring the mail
    You find us books
    You put out fires
    You catch the crooks
    Friendly neighborhood helpers we thank you.

    You’ve checked our teeth
    Since we were tots
    You fix the drain
    You give us shots.

    PART of CLASS (shouts): Ouch!

    CLASS:
    Friendly neighborhood helpers we thank you.
    We thank you.
    Friendly neighborhood helpers we thank you.

    (CLASS exits/sits down. STORYTELLERS take turns throughout the show. Storyteller
    lines may be divided among as many students as desired.)

    STORYTELLER: Welcome to our show.

    STORYTELLER: Today we are going to count down our top ten friendly neighborhood
    helpers.

    STORYTELLER: Starting it off at number 10—up three from last year’s countdown—is
    the Crossing Guard.

    (CROSSING GUARD step ups and faces audience)

    Song 2

    CROSSING GUARD:
    I look left
    I look right
    Not a car in sight.
    Oh I look long
    I look hard
    I’m the crossing guard.

    I’m the boss when you cross the street
    I’m the dude when you move your feet
    I’m the king of the boulevard
    I’m the crossing guard.

    (spoken): Okay, everybody, it’s safe to walk across. Keep moving, Kim, you can tie
    shoes once you get across.

    I look up
    I look down
    Not a car around.
    Oh I look near
    I look far
    I’m the crossing guard.

    CROSSING GUARD and CHORUS:
    I’m the boss when you cross the street
    I’m the dude when you move your feet
    I’m the king of the boulevard
    I’m the crossing guard.
    I’m the crossing guard.
    I’m the crossing guard.

    (CROSSING GUARD exits.)

    STORYTELLER: Number nine on our list is an important neighborhood helper.

    STORYTELLER: These are the people to call when we see smoke or flames.

    STORYTELLER: Here are the fire fighters.

    (FIRE FIGHTERS enter)

      Song 3 - Listen now!

    FIRE FIGHTERS: :
    Who fights the fires and puts them out?
    We do. We do.
    Who pulls folks from a burning house?
    We do. We do.
    Who drives a truck that’s big and red?
    Who wears a helmet on our head?
    We do. We do.

    CHORUS: Who fights the fires and puts them out?

    FIRE FIGHTERS: We do. We do.

    CHORUS: Who pulls folks from a burning house?

    FIRE FIGHTERS: We do. We do.

    CHORUS: Who drives a truck that’s big and red?
    Who wears a helmet on our head?

    FIRE FIGHTERS: We do. We do.

    Never play with fire
    Or you might get burned
    This is one big lesson
    We all hope you’ve learned.

    Who answers calls in nothing flat?
    We do. We do.
    Who climbs a tree to get your cat?
    We do. We do.
    Who likes water more than frogs?
    Who likes hydrants more than dogs?
    We do. We do.
    We do, we do, we do, we do, we do.

    (FIRE FIGHTERS exit.)

    STORYTELLER: And now it’s time for number eight. And the winner is…

    GARBAGE TRUCK FANS (shout): The garbage truck!

    STORYTELLER: What?

    GARBAGE TRUCK FANS (shout): The garbage truck! We LOVE the
    garbage truck.

    STORYTELLER: No. I’m sorry. The garbage truck is NOT on our list.

    STORYTELLER: Number eight in our countdown are the Dentists.
    (DENTISTS enter)

    Song 4

    DENTISTS :
    We are all dentists
    Oh that is the truth
    We are all dentists
    We love ev’ry tooth.
    We like enamel
    That’s strong as it comes
    We are all dentists
    We dream about gums.

    Open wide
    Open wider
    We adore
    Each incisor.
    Open wide
    Open wider
    We adore molars too!

    We are all dentists
    We hate tooth decay
    We are all dentists
    So brush twice a day.
    Brush in small circles
    And never across
    We are all dentists
    We love a good floss.

    DENTISTS and CHORUS:
    Open wide
    Open wider
    We adore
    Each incisor.

    Open wide
    Open wider
    We adore molars too!
    We adore molars too!
    (THEY exit.)

    STORYTELLER: Number seven on our list brings us fruit, vegetables, and milk.

    STORYTELLER: Grocers are the people who make sure that good food is available
    every day.

    STORYTELLER: Without them, we would get VERY hungry!

    STORY TELLER: Up from number 13, here are the Grocers.

    (GROCERS enter)

      Song 5 - Listen now!

    FRUIT GROCER:
    I’m in charge of fruit at the grocery store

    CHORUS:
    Boysenberry fig and cherry, boysenberry woh woh woh

    FRUIT GROCER:
    Here’s a nectarine and I’ve got a lot more

    CHORUS:
    Boysenberry fig and cherry, boysenberry woh woh woh

    FRUIT GROCER:
    If you feel a little glum…
    Try a plum.

    VEGGIE GROCER:
    I’m the veggie gal at the grocery store

    CHORUS:
    Rutabaga baked potato, rutabaga woh woh woh

    VEGGIE GROCER:
    Here’s an artichoke and I’ve got a lot more

    CHORUS:
    Rutabaga baked potato, rutabaga woh woh woh

    VEGGIE GROCER:
    If you’re ever in a jam…
    Try a yam.

    VEGGIE GROCERS and CHORUS:
    Grocery store Grocery store
    So many places here to explore

    ONE STUDENT (shouts): Clean up on aisle four!

    CHORUS:
    Grocery store.

    DAIRY GROCER:
    I’m the dairy guy at the grocery store

    CHORUS:
    Milk and butter from the udder, milk and butter woh woh woh

    DAIRY GROCER:
    Here’s some whipping cream and I’ve got a lot more

    CHORUS:
    Milk and butter from the udder, milk and butter woh woh woh

    DAIRY GROCER:
    If you’re ever in a squeeze…
    Try some cheese.

    CHORUS and GROCERS:
    Grocery store
    Grocery store
    So many places here to explore

    SEVERAL STUDENTS (shout): Clean up on aisle four!

    GROCERS and CHORUS:
    Grocery store.

    (GROCERS do the Grocery Store Dance during instrumental)

    GROCERS and CHORUS:
    Grocery store
    Grocery store
    So many places here to explore

    ONE STUDENT (shouts): Clean up on aisle four!

    GROCERS and CHORUS:
    Grocery store.

    (This concludes the first one-third of the script.)


    "Friendly Neighborhood Helpers is the first play I've done---with three teachers and sixty students. The play allows for flexibility, which is great. You can do it with a small group or a large group. Community is a first-grade standard so it fit perfectly with our curriculum. We loved the catchy tunes and simple dialogue. It was perfect for first grade. We loved it and plan on doing more next year!"

    ---Amy Trayer, Teacher (1st grade), Payne Elementary, San Jose, CA


    "You helped me provide a wonderful opportunity for my students. It was so easy and well organized. The songs and script were fun for the kids. I would tell any teacher to give it a try. Everything is well prepared and my audience loved it!"

    ---Toni Day, Teacher (1st-2nd grades), Eastlawn Elementary, Burnettsville, IN


    "The third grade class that I'm working with performed for the whole school yesterday. They were awesome!!! Their teacher was thrilled, they were thrilled, and the audience was blown away. The teacher remarked that Neighborhood Helpers was great for her class. The mostly-music format works so well at this level."

    ---Rich Howell, Founder, EnRiching Education, Nevada City, CA


    "I loved it! It fit perfectly in our curriculum. The children loved it too. I really enjoyed doing your plays!"

    ---Melissa Farrell, Teacher (1st-2nd grades), Peaslee School, Northboro, MA


    "The play was easy to put together and the parts and songs were easy for the students to learn."

    ---Deborah D. Daley, Teacher (1st grade), Mayfield Elementary, Lapeer, MI


    "I love that you provide plays that correlate to the curriculum. The community helpers play is lively, clever and funny too. My students loved it!"

    ---Cynthia Booker, Teacher (2nd grade), Kaegebein Elementary, Grand Island, NY


    "Pretty neat!"

    ---Brenda Choe, Teacher (2nd grade), Wilton Place Elementary, Los Angeles, CA

    Common Core and Other National Standards

    History/Social Studies

    Language Arts

    • Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    • Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
      • K and 1st: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition
      • 2nd: Phonics and Word Recognition
      • 3rd, 4th, 5th: Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency
    • Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    • Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    • Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity: Range of Text Types for K-5th

    Fine Arts

    • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
    • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
    • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

    Vocabulary

    boulevard
    hydrant
    enamel
    adore
    incisor
    molar
    decay
    boysenberry
    nectarine
    rutabaga
    artichoke
    yam
    udder
    catalogue
    sleet
    ton
    baste
    broil
    grinding
    mend
    perk
    sift
    scrap

    Vocabulary From Stage Directions

    throughout
    divided
    desired
    exaggerated
    bout

    Number of questions: 0

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