Day 1: OUR
VISITORS FROM TUCKERTOWN
addresses the class:
Bring out Mrs. Wilson
MRS. WILSON: My name is Mrs. Wilson. Can you say Mrs. Wilson? (class
response) I am in charge of Tuckertown. My job is to take care of the animals-make
sure they stay healthy by eating the right foods and getting enough sleep. Sometimes an
animal that is sick comes to us. Then I nurse him back to health.
In Tuckertown everyone has his or her own house with green grass and
a white fence in front of it. (Show picture) Our animals play together and are
friends. Sometimes I feel more like a mother taking care of her family than a manager.
Boys and girls, your visitors are waiting to meet you, but they are
a little bashful because this is the first time they have ever visited a school.
Who wants to let them know that you are glad they are here?
(class response-show hands)
Who wants them to be happy while they are here? (class
Who wants to be their friend?
(class response-show hands)
That's great. Now I think they are ready to say hello. Flip will be
Bring out Flip
FLIP: My name is Flip. My brother is Flop. We are twins. Who
knows what twins are?
(class response-discussion-if they are identical how do you
tell them apart?)
Bring out Flop
FLOP: Hi, I'm Flop. I love my brother, but sometimes he can be a
pain. Whenever we are supposed to do our Tuckertown jobs, he goes off to play with
friends. Then I have to do both of our jobs. Do you think that's fair?
Our story is about the time Flip had to go to the hospital. It
sounds bad, but we think you'll like it. Okay, Missy, now it's your turn.
Bring out Missy
MISSY: My name is Missy, and everyone thinks I
am mean just because I have secrets and like to get into mischief. But that's just the way
foxes are. I think the others are jealous, because I am the smartest one in Tuckertown.
Well they'll just have to stay jealous because I'm not changing. Speaking of someone who
is jealous, here's Tilly.
Bring out Tilly
TILLY: Hello boys and girls. I'm so glad that I got to come on
this visit. My name is Tilly, and for a long time I didn't have any friends. No one liked
me because I couldn't run and jump, and because I was uh... uh...I hate the word ugly. But
that was before I found out that I am special. Last is Percy.
Bring out Percy
PERCY: Hi, friends. Thank you for inviting us to your school. I
came to Tuckertown from a zoo where I got sick. It was lucky for me because the zoo doctor
said I would die if I stayed there. I came to Tuckertown just in time because Missy was up
to some very serious mischief. In my story you will find out what that was.
MRS. WILSON: That's our animal family. They all have their own
stories to tell. And they brought you pictures to color. Tomorrow we will listen to one of
them. Percy will be first because he was last today.
TEACHER: Thank you Mrs. Wilson, the class can hardly wait until
tomorrow when the stories begin. But right now we can start getting ready by learning
names. When I point to a visitor, if you know his or her name, raise your hand.
Continue with this exercise for a few minutes until the class connects the names with
the characters. Remembering names will make the stories more vivid and add enjoyment. It
allows your class to concentrate on the story rather than keeping the characters straight.
Leave the characters set up for the remainder of the program where children can touch
and talk to them.