Are your students learning about animals? Here is an easy skit for your young learners to perform. Print the full-page flashcards from Sprout English’s Word Bank lesson on Zoo Animals.
- Polar Bear
- Zoo visitors
- Full-page flashcards of the 5 animal characters (taped to sticks)
- Many signs that say Send the polar bear home! and The polar bear needs to roam! and one sign that says THE END (or print these ready-made signs)
- A name tag that says Zookeeper
So Long, Polar Bear
Animal characters stand in the center of the stage holding the picture of their animal out for the audience to see. The animals can step forward when it’s their turn to speak. The signs about the polar bear can be placed at their feet. The narrator stands at the side or front of the stage. The visitors (extras) stand on the other side with their polar bear signs behind their backs.
Narrator: Once upon a time there was a big zoo. The biggest animal at the zoo was the elephant.
Elephant: This zoo is too small.
Parrot: [parrot voice] This zoo is too small.
Narrator: The prettiest animal was the peacock.
Peacock: I’m the prettiest animal of all.
Parrot: I’m the prettiest animal of all.
Narrator: The loudest animal was the lion.
Lion: [loudly] I’m the loudest animal. Hear me roar!
Parrot: I’m the loudest animal. Hear me…
Lion: [looks at parrot] Roar!
The parrot flies offstage.
Narrator: The lion was the loudest, but the noisiest animal was the parrot.
The parrot flies back onstage.
Parrot: The noisiest animal was the…hey!
Everyone (except parrot): [Laughter]
Narrator: The saddest animal at the zoo was the polar bear.
Polar Bear: [sadly] This zoo is too warm.
Everyone: [sadly] Aww!
Parrot: [in a more serious voice] It’s true. This zoo is too warm for the polar bear.
Everyone: You can say that again.
Parrot: This zoo is too warm for the polar bear.
Narrator: One day, the zoo animals had a meeting.
Elephant: It’s too warm for the polar bear at this zoo. What are we going to do?
Lion: The polar bear needs to go home.
Peacock: The polar bear needs to roam.
Parrot: [excitedly] The polar bear needs to go home. The polar bear needs to roam.
Everyone: The polar bear needs to go home. The polar bear needs to roam.
Narrator: The zoo animals made some signs.
Animals hold up signs that say: The polar bear needs to roam. Send the polar bear home.
Narrator: The zoo visitors made signs too.
Zoo visitors walk across the stage showing their signs: Send the polar bear home. The polar bear needs to roam.
Narrator: One day, visitors stopped coming into the zoo. [Visitors walk offstage.] All of the animals were sad. The saddest animal was still the polar bear.
Lion: This zoo feels too quiet.
Elephant: This zoo feels too big.
Peacock: I don’t feel pretty.
Polar bear: I feel too hot.
Parrot: Too quiet. Too big. Too hot. Not pretty!
Narrator: One day, the zookeeper made a big announcement.
Zookeeper: We are sending the polar bear home! The polar bear needs to roam!
Zoo visitors walk onstage tear up their signs.
Narrator: All of the animals cheered! All of the people cheered too.
Everyone: So long, Polar Bear! [Everyone waves. The polar bear runs happily off the stage.]
The parrot flies across the stage with a sign that says THE END.
you can say that again = I agree strongly
roam = to move about freely
cheer = to express happiness/success loudly
so long = goodbye
Find Sprout English’s Word Bank lesson on Zoo Animals in the Word Bank – Nature.
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