Jack and the Beanstalk

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Jack and the Beanstalk

An Easy-to-Use Language Arts Play for Elementary School

Grades 1-5
25 minutes
$39.95
(2 or more Book/CD sets @ $30 each)

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Includes script, teacher's guide, and audio CD. The CD has all the songs recorded twice: first with singing, so you and your students can learn the songs, and then without voices so your students can perform without us singing along.

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Book/CD - $39.95 for 1, $30/ea for 2+
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Piano/Guitar Score - $9.95 (details)
Extra/Replacement CD - $9.95

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This 20-minute musical play can be done as a complete play, skits, reader's theater, or you can just sing songs. No music or drama experience needed!

Jack and the Beanstalk is one of our most popular and versatile plays, a charming Musicalization of the familiar story of Jack, a beanstalk, a nasty Giant, and a very special goose. It's been performed successfully by all kinds of students--big kids, little kids, gifted, English language learners--in all elementary grades.

Students can compare different versions of this classic tale. What are the similarities and differences in plot? Character? Theme? Was Jack foolish to sell the cow for three supposedly "magic" beans? Would you? Student interest and participation surge when your kids actually get to play the characters and sing their thoughts.

Jack and the Beanstalk is a great complement to your curriculum resources in elementary school language arts. 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!

Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-00-4
© 1995 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"There are many versions of Jack and the Beanstalk but this one is the very best. We are having a BALL covering common core standards with this play. Teaching kids to understand story structure, cause and effect, character motivations, inferences, etc. is so important at this level. What better way than to dive into all of that than through a Musical? What kind of a boy is Jack? The kids had a half-hour discussion on that in a Socratic circle! And why does the cook rush in with food? The kids actually had to figure out it was to distract the giant from eating Jack.

"I now have a company called Same Day Different Choices and I'm a children's book author. My series is all about using thoughts, words and actions to create happiness in life. Jack and the Beanstalk is one of the best stories out there to teach choice-making strategies. Questions such as, "What kind of a boy is Jack?" start excellent discussions. Once I asked what Jack could have done to remedy his life situation other than steal. One student said that he could have started an adventure tour company up the beanstalk and paid the giant for the use of his property!

"I first used this play with my first graders about eight years ago. The best story that came from that show was Christopher's. His family was extremely dysfunctional and he was the rebel child. I took a chance and gave him the role of the giant. He wore a big green clown wig and he was just fantastic -- the star of the production. The other children completely accepted him after that."

---Kendra Delano, Teacher (2nd grade)/Author, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lake Mary, FL

"Wow! My class just performed 'Jack and the Beanstalk' last night for an audience of the school body and many parents. I have never had a class do such an astounding performance. This was an experience these third graders will never forget. When were were done, the 5th grade teacher came up to me and asked, 'How did you get them to learn their parts so well?' Well, it was the music, of course, and having it on the CD worked wonders."

---Ruth Brockman, Teacher (3rd grade) North Freedom Elementary, North Freedom, WI

"The CD with both words and music was invaluable. The children picked up the singer's pauses with ease. Every child had an important part. Stage directions for scenery was great. It turned out very well. The audience gave them a standing ovation. All the parents were very pleased. My principal said it was the best show ever given at our school."

---Gayle Jackson, Teacher, (1st grade), La Porte Elementary, La Porte, TX

"Theater is non-existent in our school. Through this play, my first graders learned to retain information, work collaboratively, follow directions, use expression and perform in front of others. Jackie and the Beanstalk influenced active engagement and produced imaginative hands-on activities in a positive manner. Every type of personality shined in this play. The shyest of my students stood up and sang solos. Disruptive students learned about patience and self control. Students who struggled academically learned songs and dances and shined in front of peers, friends and families. One of my quietest girls did the solo of the mother - and blew her own parents away!"

---Laura Fleming, Teacher (1st grade), Fircrest Elementary, WA

"I think that the music is sensational. I began playing the CD during art time and the students loved it! Pretty soon, I heard them singing the songs at recess, lunch, and even during math. (That I had to curb!) We read Jack and the Beanstalk as core literature, so it was great to compare and contrast it with the play. I find that performing plays greatly increases self-esteem and instills a sense of responsibility. They allow full-class participation and have brought my class closer together!"

---Judy Tubachnick, Teacher, (2nd grade) Pomelo Elementary, Los Angeles, CA

"I love the inspirational lyrics...I love that the play integrates so well into a literature based, whole language classroom. Most importantly, I love how performing the play makes my students feel about themselves: FANTASTIC!"

---Chris Elliott, Teacher (1st grade), La Mariposa School, Camarillo, CA

"It is so easy to do! My students love the catchy tunes from the first time they hear them. Every student is assigned a role. The more outgoing ones can have solos and the shy ones can sing in a group or be the storyteller. I love this play!"

---Christine Muneno, Teacher (1st grade), Gulf Avenue School, Wilmington, CA

"The music and lyrics were easy to sing because the lyrics told the story as well as rhyming. My kindergartners did a beautiful job of learning."

---Marlene Smith, Teacher (kindergarten), Jefferson Kindergarten Center, St. Joseph, MI

"The music is well-liked by children and there are lessons in the play that children can learn from. I didn't know it could be so easy to put on a show!"

---Irene Estrella, Teacher (2nd-4th grades), Rosewood Park Elementary, Montebello, CAS

"Very easy to do as a first play."

---Betsey Wilson, Teacher (Kindergarten), Edgeworth Elementary, Sewickley, PA

"My first graders performed to a standing room only crowd. We had parents, relatives, neighbors, friends, and friends of the parents, relatives, neighbors and friends! The audience was so appreciative with their clapping and whistling, the children flourished on stage. I'm not sure the children had envisioned how excited the audience would get, and the more excited the audience, the better the children performed!"

---Cathy Olmstead, Teacher (1st grade), Ludington Area Catholic School, Ludington, MI

Casting

Flexible casting from 8-40 students.
Use as many Farmers, Shepherds, etc. as desired.
Students can also play more than one role.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Jack's Mother
Farmers
Jack
Shepherds
Servant
Giant
Cook
Goose
A Chorus of many children is required, individual members of which will also
take turns as narrators.

Song 1

ENTIRE CAST (sings): :
This is the story of a boy named Jack
It also has a giant and a goose.
This is the story of a boy named Jack
Who puts a beanstalk to extraordinary use.

Now Jack and his Mom are so poor
That Jack must go out to explore.
He will climb a beanstalk way up high
He will find his fortune in the sky.

This is the story of a boy named Jack
It also has a beanstalk and a goose.
This is the story of a boy named Jack
Who finds out there's a giant on the loose.

A giant with little appeal
Who thinks Jack would make a good meal.
He says Fee and Fi and Fo and Fum,
The giant thinks a juicy meal has come.

This is the story of a boy named Jack
It also has a giant and a goose.
This is the story of a boy named Jack
Who puts a beanstalk
Who puts a beanstalk
Who puts a beanstalk to extraordinary use.

Song 2

MOTHER (sings):
My son Jack is a dreamer
He dreams of adventurous stuff,
He dreams of pirates
He dreams of dragons
As if life weren't tough enough.

My son Jack is a dreamer
But please do not take offense,
But if I could change him
Just slightly change him
I'd give him some common sense
Just a little more common sense.

My Jack's been known to do some silly things
He traded our chickens for a pair of wings
A pair of wings with which he said he'd fly,
He jumped from the barn---
And he broke his arm.

My son Jack is a dreamer
But please do not take offense,
But if I could change him
Just slightly change him
I'd give him some common sense
Just a little more common sense
Just a little more common sense
Just a little more common sense.

NARRATOR (spoken): Times are very difficult for Jack and his mother. They are
down to their last bit of food. So Jack's mother tells him to take their old cow---the
only thing they have of value---and sell it so they can buy food. As Jack walks down
the road, leading his cow, he meets some farmers.

Song 3 - Listen now!

FARMERS:
We are old farmers
We plant and we plow,
Just some old farmers
Who need a new cow.

We don't have money
But don't go away
Sell us your heifer
And here's what we'll pay:

Three magic beans
How your Mom will prize them
Three magic beans
Plant and fertilize them,
Three magic beans
We're not sure what they do
But give us your cow
And we'll give them to you.

JACK (spoken): My mother says I have to get lots of money for our cow. Boy,
those beans are pretty.

FARMERS:
We are old farmers
We know what you need
You need excitement
To do a great deed.

You need adventure
A chance to explore
This is exactly
What these beans are for.

FARMERS AND CHORUS:
Three magic beans
How your Mom will prize them
Three magic beans
Plant and fertilize them,
Three magic beans
We're not sure what they do
But give us your cow
And we'll give them to you.

NARRATOR (spoken): Jack buys the beans and he happily brings them back
to his mother.

MOTHER (sings):
Three stupid beans
What good will they do us?
Three stupid beans
What have you done to us?
Three lousy beans
They'll never even sprout
Three lousy beans I can only throw out!

(Jack's MOTHER throws the beans out the window.)

NARRATOR (spoken): Jack's mother throws the beans out the window, and she
and Jack go to bed hungry.

(The CHORUS stands and links arms to form a horizontal beanstalk.)

NARRATOR (spoken): Early the next morning Jack wakes up to an amazing sight---
a giant beanstalk in his backyard.

JACK (spoken): Wow.

(JACK moves to the base of the beanstalk)

Song 4 - Listen now!

(Sings)
Look at it. It's beautiful!
So fresh, so green
The greenest green I've ever seen
With dew-drops so clear they disappear.

I'm gonna climb that beanstalk way up high
I'm gonna find my fortune in the sky.
I'm gonna climb that beanstalk way up high
I'm gonna find my fortune in the sky.

Look at it. It's wonderful!
So wide, so tall
The tallest tall I think of all
From bottom to top, it doesn't stop.

I'm gonna climb that beanstalk way up high
I'm gonna find my fortune in the sky.
I'm gonna climb that beanstalk way up high
I'm gonna find my fortune in the sky.

(JACK "climbs" the beanstalk, going from child to child in the chain.)

CHORUS: (chants)
And he climbs, and he climbs, and he climbs, and he climbs, and he climbs,
and he...

(JACK faces the audience and sings)

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

Sample Songs

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Full Song List

1. "This is the Story"
2. "A Little More Common Sense"
3. "Three Magic Beans"
4. "Three Stupid Beans"
5. "I’m Gonna Climb that Beanstalk"
6. "He’s Got One Eye, One Tooth"
7. "I’m a Servant"
8. "Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum"
9. "Cook’s Song"
10. "I Lay Golden Eggs"
11. "I’m Gonna Go Back Home"
12. "Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum"
13. "Help Me Mother"
14. "This was the Story"

Common Core and Other National Standards

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

History/Social Studies

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

extraordinary
fortune
appeal
offense
common sense
plow
heifer
fertilize
deed
sprout
horizontal
dew-drop
shepherd
grind
soufflé
glaze
waddle
unique
grateful

Performance Photos

Performance Photos from Bad Wolf Press