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Mrs. William's Second Grade Class
Waterman Elementary School
Waterman, Illinois


Our second grade class read "The Bunny’s Loose Tooth," by Lucy Bates. Students looked at pictures in the book and made predictions what would happen. The story was read to them and we discussed fiction and nonfiction. We decided to make a play out of the story. The boys and girls used the language as close as possible to the original book when writing the play. They decided there were three characters in the story, Mother, Father and Little Bunny. We also decided there should be a narrator to help give a little background. The boys and girls made bunny ears and some even put on two big front teeth. Next parts were assigned. All of the mothers practiced reading their parts together, the fathers, little rabbits and narrators also practiced with their group. Next we separated the children into groups with a mother, father, little rabbit and narrator. Students practiced reading the play in their groups. Last, we performed our Readers Theater for the kindergarten classes.

An Adaptation of "Little Rabbits Loose Tooth"

By Mrs. Williams 2nd Grade Class


Narrator: It's suppertime in little rabbit's house.


Little Rabbit: You know I cannot eat carrots and beans. I have a loose



Daddy Rabbit: Carrots and beans are very good for little rabbits.


Little Rabbit: They are too hard for little rabbits with a loose tooth.


Mother Rabbit: Oh. . . And what is soft enough for a little Rabbit with a loose tooth?


Little Rabbit: There are soft strawberries in the refrigerator.


Mother Rabbit: You can have strawberries for dessert. You can chew the carrots and beans with your other teeth.


Little Rabbit: Are you sure?


Mother Rabbit: I'm sure.


Little Rabbit: Are you sure, Daddy?


Daddy Rabbit: I'm sure. I have done it myself.


Narrator: On Tuesday, Little Rabbit chewed oranges with her loose tooth and cucumbers with her other teeth. One Wednesday, she chewed watermelon with her loose tooth and lettuce with her other teeth. On Thursday, she chewed vanilla pudding with her loose tooth and cabbage with her other teeth. On Friday, she chewed spinach with her other teeth and chocolate ice cream with her loose tooth and her loose tooth came right out in the ice cream.


Little Rabbit: I have a tooth in my chocolate ice cream.


Mother Rabbit: That's wonderful, dear.


Father Rabbit: It's about time.


Little Rabbit: What should I do with it?


Mother Rabbit: Take it out of your ice cream.


Little Rabbit: I have a window in my mouth. I can stick my tongue through it.


Mother Rabbit: That's Amazing!


Little Rabbit: What should I do with my tooth?


Mother Rabbit: What ever you want. You can throw it away or put it under your pillow for the tooth fairy.


Little Rabbit: Why should I do that?


Mother Rabbit: When you are asleep, the tooth fairy will take your tooth and leave you a present.


Little Rabbit: Does she get to keep my tooth?


Mother Rabbit: Of course!


Little Rabbit: What If I believe in the tooth fairy?


Mother Rabbit: You better put your tooth under your pillow before you lose it. You can put it into an envelope.

(Mother Rabbit gets an envelope and pouts the tooth in it.)


Little Rabbit: What kind of presents do tooth fairies leave?


Mother Rabbit: What do you think?


Little Rabbit: I think they leave whatever they want. Money?


Mother Rabbit: Not a lot of money.


Little Rabbit: A penny? Maybe a dime? A dime is smaller than a penny.


Mother Rabbit: It's smaller, but it's worth more. A dime is worth 10 pennies.


Little Rabbit: I know. I just wanted to make sure. Daddy, I believe in the tooth fairy. She wants to give me money.


Father Rabbit: What will she do with your tooth after she gives you money?


Little Rabbit: I think she will save my tooth and give it to a baby rabbit that was just born and that is how little rabbits get their teeth. So, do you think that Daddy?


Daddy Rabbit: Ah....


Little Rabbit: Or I think she puts my tooth up in the sky because it is a shiny tooth, because that is how stars get made. Do you think that Daddy?


Daddy Rabbit: Well....


Little Rabbit: Really, I think she says a magic spell and turns the tooth into a penny, I mean a dime. Do you think that Daddy?


Daddy Rabbit: I think it is your bedtime.


Little Rabbit: Ok, but would you please remind Mommy about me believing in the tooth fairy in case she forgets?


Daddy Rabbit: I could.


Little Rabbit: My tooth is in an envelope under my pillow. Good night Daddy.

(Little Rabbit gets into his pajamas, brushes his teeth and goes to bed.)

Mother rabbit kissed little rabbit good night.


Little Rabbit: Mommy?


Mother Rabbit: Yes?


Little Rabbit: Just in case there isn't a tooth fairy,


Mother Rabbit: Yes?


Little Rabbit: After I am asleep, could you sneak and look under my pillow and look in the envelope and if there isn't a present could you leave one?


Mother Rabbit: Yes


Little Rabbit: You don't have to tell me. You can just sneak.


Mother Rabbit: All right Little Rabbit


Little Rabbit: Good night mommy.


Narrator: The stars came out and the moon rose up in the east. And the moon set in the west. And the stars went in. The sun came up. It was morning. Little Rabbit woke up. Little Rabbit looked under the pillow, took out the envelope and opened it. Inside the envelope was a dime.

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This project meets the following Illinois Language Arts Standards

1. Apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to comprehend selections.

2. Apply reading strategies to improve understanding and fluency.

3. Understand how literary elements and techniques are used to convey meaning.

4. Write to communicate for a variety of purposes.

5. Speak effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.

Assessment for this project was based on class participation in the writing and reading the play, The Bunny’s Loose Tooth as well as fluency in reading parts aloud, cooperation, and working well within the group.