Atividade: The Rabbit Family Game – Version 1

Tempo de leitura: menos de 1 minuto

Carlos Gontow

LEVEL OF ENGLISH: Basic with very simple language.

RECOMMENDED AGE: Children. You can use it with older and/or more advanced students if you make the questions more difficult and transform the characters into people.

STRUCTURES: Grammar: Simple present, verb to be, yes and no questions. Vocabulary: Easter Vocabulary.

NUMBER OF CHARACTERS: 8 – Two announcers and 6 rabbits. Rabbits 1 to 3 belong to Family 1. Rabbits 4 to 6 belong to Family 2. You can have more rabbits in each family if you prefer. Use one or two announcers to have the same number of contestants in each family. Change the names of the characters to suit your students’ genders. See “The Rabbit Family Game – Version 2” for ideas and variations.

COSTUMES: The rabbits in the families can wear ordinary clothes and rabbit ears. They can have rabbit make up on, with whiskers and a pink nose. The announcers can wear more elegant clothes – a suit and tie for boys, a dress for girls. The announcers should have microphoes. If they wear masks, choose half-masks that cover only the top of their heads – it’s important for an actor to show his face, so he can show his emotions.

PLAYING TIME: Approximately 5 minutes.

SOME SUGGESTIONS:

  • You can use this play during Easter celebrations. You can create your own variations, using dogs, fairy tale characters, clowns etc. Change the questions accordingly.
  • You can use people instead of animals, and ask questions about a specific topic. For example, do “The New Zealand Game”, and ask questions about New Zealand.
  • The announcers stand in the center and each family stands at one side.
  • At the end of the play they can all sing a song about Easter.

THE RABBIT FAMILY GAME – VERSION 1

CHARACTERS: Announcers 1 and 2 – Rabbits 1 to 6

ANNOUNCER 1: Welcome to the TV show “The Rabbit Family Game”.

ANNOUNCER 2: A competition between two rabbit families.

ANNOUNCER 1: Here’s family number one.

(Family 1 waves.)

RABBIT 1: Hello. I’m Peter Rabbit.

RABBIT 2: I’m Tim Rabbit.

RABBIT 3: My name is Joan Rabbit.

ANNOUNCER 2: And here’s family number two.

(Family 2 waves.)

RABBIT 4: Hi. My name is Maria Rabbit.

RABBIT 5: I am Sue Rabbit.

RABBIT 6: Hello. My name is Mark Rabbit.

ANNOUNCER 1: Listen to the questions.

ANNOUNCER 2: You have three chances.

ANNOUNCER 1: Are you ready?

RABBITS: Yes!

ANNOUNCER 2: Family one. It begins with C.

RABBIT 1: Is it a car?

ANNOUNCER 2: No, it isn’t.

RABBIT 2: Is it a carrot?

ANNOUNCER 2: Yes, it is! Point to family one.

RABBITS 1, 2, 3: (Jumping.) Yes!

ANNOUNCER 1: Family two. It begins with E.

RABBIT 4: Is it an elephant?

ANNOUNCER 1: No, it isn’t.

RABBIT 5: Is it an elevator?

ANNOUNCER 1: No, it isn’t.

RABBIT 6: Is it an Easter egg?

ANNOUNCER 1: Yes, it is! Point to family two.

RABBITS 4, 5, 6: (Jumping.) Yes!

ANNOUNCER 2: Family one: What’s this? (Shows a picture of a basket with eggs.)

RABBITS 3: Is it a box?

ANNOUNCER 2: No, it isn’t.

RABBIT 1: Is it a jar?

ANNOUNCER 2: No, it isn’t.

RABBIT 2: Is it a bag?

ANNOUNCER 2: No, it isn’t. It’s a basket. Sorry.

RABBITS 4, 5, 6: (Jumping.) Yes!

ANNOUNCER 1: Family two. Say a or an. Egg.

RABBIT 4: An egg.

ANNOUNCER 1: Very good. Point to family two.

RABBITS 4, 5, 6: (Jumping.) Yes!

ANNOUNCER 2: Family one. Say three things rabbits eat.

RABBIT 3: Leaves.

RABBIT 1: Carrots.

RABBIT 2: Grass.

ANNOUNCER 2: Very good! Point to family one!

RABBITS 1, 2, 3: (Jumping.) Yes!

ANNOUNCER 1: Two points for family one, two points for family two. Now family two. Say two things rabbits drink.

RABBIT 4: Water.

RABBIT 5: Orange juice.

ANNOUNCER 1: No! Rabbits don’t drink orange juice. They drink milk.

RABBITS 1, 2, 3: (Jumping.) Yes!

RABBITS 4, 5, 6: Oh!

RABBIT 5: I’m sorry!

ANNOUNCER 2: Two points for family one, two points for family two. It’s a tie. You are all winners.

ALL: (Jumping.) Yeah!

ANNOUNCER 1: And now let’s celebrate!

ALL: (Jumping.) Yeah!

THE END

Referência: “The Classroom is a Stage – 40 short plays for English students” de Carlos Gontow, Disal Editora, 2005. Leia a resenha.