Adapted from the poem
by Bruce Lansky in My Dog Ate My Homework! published by Meadowbrook Press.
A zany teacher talent show is announced.
Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform
the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines
while they read them.
paintbrush or cooking pot would make great props. If these are not available,
the poem can be performed without props.
lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on
poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing
Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.
The Teachers’ Show
I have an important
I want everybody to know:
on Monday all classes are cancelled.
The teachers will put on a
________________ will be
[Teacher 1’s name]
dance with a bear.
[Teacher 2’s name]
[Teacher 3’s name]
[Teacher 4’s name]
________________ will tear
out __________ hair.
[Teacher 5’s name] [his or her]
________________ is quite
[Teacher 6’s name]
something you’ve never seen.
[He or She]
If you want a bad case of
them on red, white, and green.
[He’ll or She’ll]
________________ is also
________________ come up
with something quite new.
[He’s or She’s]
doing _____________ act in the kitchen.
[He’s or She’s] [his or her]
dumping the cook in the stew.
[He’s or She’s]
Your parents are certainly
but make sure to tell them the rule.
If any of them arrive
they’ll have to be kept after school.
I know that our show is
I wish that you all could
But school will be closed
I can’t wait to see you
2003 by Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem in My
Dog Ate My Homework! published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom
theater play version of “The Teachers’ Show” is © 2008 by Meadowbrook Press.
is given for individual school classes to perform this play and to make as many
copies of the play as are needed for the students’ use. All other reproduction
and performance is prohibited under penalty of law. For use of this play
outside individual classes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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