Noun and Verb

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Noun and Verb (10-Minute Mini)

An Easy-to-Use, 10-Minute Language Arts Play for Elementary and Middle School

Grades 3-6
10 minutes
$14.95 (or get all five Minis for $49.95)

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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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Description

Our quick blast of grammar explores nouns and verbs, focusing on nouns as subjects and their agreement with the verb of the sentence. Compounds subjects and the difference between active and passive sentences make this show a great way for students to explore basic sentences.

Key Terms and Concepts

  • Nouns: definition and examples
  • Proper nouns: definition and examples
  • Verbs: definition and examples
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Compound sentences
  • Coordinating conjunctions
  • Tenses: present, future, past
  • Adjectives
  • Substantives
  • Adverbs
  • Eight parts of speech
  • Personal pronouns (subject and object)
Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Script and Lyrics)
© 2001 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"I loved it! I used the Noun and Verb Mini as reader's theater, to improve reading, fluency, expression and to teach the concept of nouns and verbs. It helps to prepare them for the full length play we do each year. We read it at least 4 or 5 times so each kid could have a major role."

---Marleni Llenin, Teacher (3rd grade), NY

"I liked everything about the play! It was very fun and all my gifted kids even got the jokes. It was very educational and it didn't take tons of time. It fit into the curriculum extremely well and even had some extra, higher-level concepts."

---Nancy Ashby, Teacher (4th grade), Franklin Elementary School, Franklin, TN

Characters

RINGMASTER
GLENDA THE MAGNIFICENT
ARNOLD (Unicycle Rider)
SARAH (Motorcycle Daredevil)
MEG (Motorcycle Daredevil)
MEDICS (3)
LAUREN
LAWRENCE
TRAVIS (Human Cannonball)
TERESA (Assistant to Human Cannonball)
ALICIA (Tightrope Walker)
ANTON Tightrope Walker)
CLOWNS (3)

and a CHORUS composed of all students in the class

Script

RINGMASTER: Everyone look up high! See that woman standing on a tiny
platform? Glenda the Magnificent is one hundred and ninety feet in the air.

CHORUS (pointing to bucket on the ground): What’s with the bucket?

RINGMASTER: I’m delighted you asked. Glenda is going to dive through the
air and land in this bucket of water.

GLENDA THE MAGNIFICENT (stunned; shouts): I’m going to…what?

RINGMASTER: You know. Your new big dive: the death-defying dive of doom!

CHORUS: Maybe she didn’t get the memo.

RINGMASTER: Come on! They don’t call you Glenda the Magnificent for
nothing.

GLENDA: Sure. Okay. But first…uh…before I dive...let’s all talk about nouns
and verbs!

RINGMASTER: What?

CHORUS: Yeah! That’s even better than a doom dive!

RINGMASTER: Now just a minute…

ARNOLD THE UNICYCLE RIDER (interrupting): I love nouns and verbs. Nouns and
verbs are probably the two most important parts of our language.

GLENDA: Nouns are people, places, and things. Like, circus, girl, clown,
New York, forest, ocean, and happiness.

CHORUS: Quick! Come up with five nouns that start with the letter M! You
have ten seconds.

GLENDA: Mark, Maryland, McDonald’s, May, Monday.

ARNOLD: Did you notice something that all those nouns have in common?

CHORUS: They’re all proper nouns?

GLENDA: Is that why they all started with a capital M?

ARNOLD: Yes. Proper nouns name a specific item. Like an Oreo*, not just a
cookie. Or Virginia, not just a state. Or Beyoncé, not just a famous singer.
And we always capitalize Oreo, Virginia, and Beyoncé no matter where they
occur in a sentence.

GLENDA: Hey! I’m starting to get a little dizzy up here.

CHORUS: Think of something else, Glenda! Quick, name five nouns that start
with the letter D, and no proper nouns!

GLENDA: Let’s see. Death. Doom. Disaster. Dirge. And drop.

(SARAH and MEG, the MOTORCYCLE DAREDEVILS, race in)

SARAH: “Drop” can be a verb too!

MEG: We’re all about verbs!

(The two start their engines and race their bikes around the ring.)

CHORUS: This is the best circus ever!

SARAH (as SHE and MEG ride around the ring and then up into the bleachers):
Verbs are action words.

GLENDA (still on tower): Like “jump, dive, fall, crash, swim,” and
“survive!”

MEG: Want to see us ride through the air?

SARAH: These babies can fly!

ARNOLD: This is truly spectacular.

CHORUS: Is “is” a verb?

MEG: Absolutely. Verbs can indicate a state as well.

CHORUS: Like New Hampshire?

SARAH: Like “becoming” and “happening.”

MEG: But those can be so boring!

SARAH and MEG: We like it when verbs do stuff!

(THERE is a giant SPLAT!!)

CHORUS: SPLAAAAAAAAT!

SARAH and MEG: Like that!

RINGMASTER: What was that? Glenda? Glenda!

(THREE MEDICS enter)

MEDIC #1: Does someone need a medic?

MEDIC #2: We were just outside trying to shrink the nose of that big grey
animal thing.

MEDIC #3: He’ll be okay…

MEDIC #1: …once the swelling goes down.

RINGMASTER: Are you talking about the elephant? That’s his trunk! It’s
supposed to be that big!

MEDIC #2: I told you guys we didn’t need the ice packs.

MEDIC #1: Does that mean we can’t use the super glue?

MEDIC #2 (looking at GLENDA): Hey—what happened to you?

MEDIC #1: Yeah, you’re all green.

GLENDA: I landed in the Jell-o* safety pool. That reminds me, boss—how come
we can’t have a safety net like other circuses? This stuff is so sticky.

RINGMASTER: I got a deal.

CHORUS: The Ringmaster has a friend in the fruit-flavored gelatin biz.

MEDIC #3 (to GLENDA): You’ll need to see a medic.

RINGMASTER: You are the medics. Help me take Glenda to her trailer. She has
to be ready for tonight’s performance.

(THEY all exit. LAUREN and LAWRENCE rush on.)

LAUREN: Boss! Boss, where are you?

LAWRENCE: Oh man, this is not good. Maybe we shouldn’t tell him.

CHORUS: Tell him what?

LAUREN (startled, looking around): Who are you?

CHORUS (ominously): We are your guilty conscience.

LAUREN: But I don’t have a guilty conscience.

CHORUS: Oh. Then we’re the chorus.

LAWRENCE: We’ve got to tell the boss that the trapeze act is a disaster.

LAUREN: Yeah. The two stars—the one who catches and the one who flies—are
fighting.

CHORUS: About what?

LAWRENCE: Everything! They can’t agree on their stunts. Or their afternoon
snacks.

LAUREN: Or the color of their tights.

CHORUS: I’ve always been partial to aqua.

LAWRENCE: But these folks just don’t fight—ever!

LAUREN: They even nicknamed each other The Subject and The Verb because
they always agree.

CHORUS: Wait a minute. In this 10-minute show about grammar that for some
unspecified reason is set in a circus, two characters just happen to be
nicknamed The Subject and The Verb?

LAWRENCE: Weird, huh?

LAUREN: Makes you want to sing a little song, doesn’t it!

Song 1 - Listen now!

LAUREN and LAWRENCE:

The subject and the verb does not agrees
The subject’s misbehavin’ and the verb do what it please
They once were best of buddies
Matched up on the trapeze
But subject and the verb does not agrees.

The subject and the verb does not agrees
They claims they’s gonna leave each other swinging in the breeze
I think it are contagious
We’ve caught their strange disease
The subject and the verb does not agrees.

Nothing flies
Or seems so wise
As a matching verb and noun
But when they miss
It’s an abyss
And it’s a long way down.

LAUREN, LAWRENCE, and CHORUS:

Nothing flies
Or seems so wise
As a matching verb and noun
But when they miss
It’s an abyss
And it’s a long way down.

The subject and the verb does not agrees
The subject’s misbehavin’ and the verb do what it please
They once were best of buddies
Matched up on the trapeze
But subject and the verb does not agrees.

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

Sample Songs

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Full Song List

1. The Subject and the Verb
2. The Pronoun Flu

Common Core and Other National Standards

Language Arts

  • Noun and Verb was written specifically to teach the Common Core Language Standards: Conventions of Standard English - 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
  • Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
  • Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
    • 3rd, 4th, 5th: Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency
  • Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
  • Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use -3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
  • Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity:

Fine Arts

  • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standard 1 for 5th-8th
  • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standards 2 and 6 for 5th-8th
  • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

Vocabulary

death-defying
doom
dirge
compound
compounded
tourniquet
substantives
illusion