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The Lord's Prayer Playbook®:
Preview this Powerful Script For Religious Education, Perfect For Christmas Time!

The Lord's Prayer Playbook® (Grades 2-12) is endorsed by Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and and mirrors his sermons on the seven messages of the Lord's Prayer.

“The Lord’s Prayer Playbook® effectively and creatively captures the messages of my seven sermons on the Lord’s Prayer. Its play-like presentation of a fictional story with five human and relatable characters will captivate readers of all ages and help anyone connect to the seven powerful messages of the Lord’s Prayer. Every man, woman, and child can learn how the spiritual truths in this amazing prayer apply to every aspect of life.”

--- Pastor Rick Warren, of Saddleback Church.
     Author of The Purpose Driven Life

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National Handwashing
Awareness Week: Educational Activities For Month of December

(Image) Henry the Hand Champion Handwasher

Soon flu and cold season will be in full swing, and you can make for a much happier classroom this winter if you teach your students about basic germ spreading prevention! National Handwashing Awareness Week is December 4-10 so take advantage of the resources available from the "Henry the Hand" Foundation and  Playbooks® Reader's Theater! Foundation activities include fun poster and jingle contests with deadline December 31st.

The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness according to the AMA and AAFP:

  1. WASH your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating.
  2. DO NOT cough into your hands.
  3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands.
  4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth.
(Image) Ick! I'm Sick! Book Cover Help your students thoroughly absorb the principles of cold and flu prevention with the fun and educational Playbook® script, Ick! I'm Sick! for Grades 1-5!

Available for immediate download or in bound format.

New This Year For the Holidays:
A Twist of a Christmas Tale,
Featuring ... a Turkey!
There is Still Time to Instantly Download
and Print For Your Students!

This year Playbooks® is offering a full length Christmas and Thanksgiving themed script for the very low price of $7.95 in our Download Print format. The story is designed for 6 readers in Grades 3-5 and covers an atypically wide span of reading levels (Stages 2-5) to allow multiple classes and grades to enjoy this script together and even take part in a performance! Remember that easier parts can also be read by older or higher level readers!

In this wacky script, A Turkey's Christmas Wish, Timmy the pet turkey is jealous that the Christmas holiday gets so much attention compared to Thanksgiving. In an attempt to prove that turkeys are important, too, he writes a letter to Santa Claus.

(Image) Story Illustration of Theo Turkey Pulling Santa's Sleigh on Christmas Eve
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Through a crazy chain of events and pure motivation, he learns to fly like his wild turkey cousins, and actually becomes the first turkey to pull Santa's sleigh alongside flying reindeer! Along for the adventure are Tessa and Jacob, who share their home with Timmy, and Birdie, the lovable, flying-obsessed reindeer. Students will love chanting along with all of Santa's reindeer about the "real turkey" who learns to fly!

Purchase the Story
to Download and Print
For Only $7.95!

Parent Engagement Opportunities
For Winter Break and Beyond!

Playbooks® offers several products ideal for involving parents in their children's literacy development, including Lend and Extend Reader's Theater take home packs and the reader's theater game, Take Center Stage™. Schools and After School programs can help get these tools into the hands of families and raise awareness of the importance of parent engagement with their children's reading experiences.

The U.S. Department of Education has declared that reading aloud is the single most important activity that parents can do with their children to ensure their future success, so all educators should take part in supporting this effort.

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Lend & Extend Reader's Theater™
(for enhancing parental involvement)

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This simple accessory pack allows you to split a typical one-story set of six books into three Lend & Extend™ take-home packs, designed to be checked out of the classroom or school library.

Christmas break is a perfect time to send home Playbooks® with students. With extra time away from school, families can enjoy reading together and keeping the learning flowing through to the new year!

Learn more and order here.

Free Sample of
Take Center Stage™
Reader's Theater Acting Game to Send Home With Students

Take Center Stage™ is a hilarious stage acting game with reader's theater! Groups of students in educational programs, parents and their children, or kids and their friends read a script together and then play the game where they get to “over-act” scenes and lines from the story with funny expressions and character types, similar to the improvisational actors on the TV show, "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

Send this flyer and/or free game sample home with your students to help support parent engagement over the holiday break and beyond! The flyer provides a link for parents to download and print the game sample themselves.

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Feature Story of the Month

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The Lord's Prayer Playbook®

Content for Grades 2 - 12
Specially Varied Reading Stages

Written by: Dianna Cleveland
Illustrated by: Liliane Grenier

This creative reader’s theater story mirrors Pastor Rick Warren’s sermons on The Lord’s Prayer. It is designed to be read aloud, like a play, without memorization, in a special role-play format for multiple readers. Each character’s dialogue appears in a different color to help readers easily identify their roles. Each person reads from his or her own copy of the book or shares with another reader.

In this engaging fictional story, five modern-day characters find themselves in a crisis and realize they need to pray. As they say the Lord’s Prayer together, they become vocal about their own personal worries, hurts, guilt, regrets, and uncontrollables interrupting the prayer all along the way. As they try to interpret the prayer together, they realize they can find God’s solutions to all their struggles entrenched within it.

Presenting “Our father who art in heaven...” as a prayer of connection to God, “Your kingdom come, your will be done...” as a prayer of surrender, and ending with “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever,” as a prayer for a hopeful future, readers will discover that everything in their lives is covered by The Lord’s Prayer.

With contemporary dialogue interwoven within the seven powerful messages that make up The Lord’s Prayer, this story brings a practical perspective to which readers of all ages can relate making it ideal for families, teens, and adults. Because it can help anyone appreciate the meaning and purpose behind this profound prayer, it also makes an inspiring performance or Bible study for any church, ministry, or small group. The story comes with discussion questions and exercises. Includes 30 bible references throughout the story.

Reader 1
16% of Story
Speaks 83 Times

Reader 2
14% of Story
Speaks 84 Times
Reader 3
20% of
Speaks 93 Times
Reader 4
17% of
Speaks 86 Times
Reader 5
29% of
Speaks 116 Times
All Readers
4% of
Speaks 22 Times

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