Hula Hoop Girls-Sharing Means Caring

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2 characters. 2F. 3 pages. Two girls learn a lesson about sharing.

Jodie has a new hula hoop, and it sparkles! But she doesn’t want to share it with her best friend Miranda. This short scene for early readers helps students learn the importance of sharing.

This piece can be performed with:

The Hula Hoop Girls Sibling Rivalry
The Hula Hoop Girls American Capitals

David-Matthew Barnes is a best-selling author, playwright, poet, and screenwriter. Two of his young adult novels have been recognized by the American Library Association for inclusivity in young adult literature. To date, he has written over fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in ten countries. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications, including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues, The Best Men’s Stage Monologues, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard, and 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance. He has also served as the guest editor of dramatic literature for The Louisville Review and as a judge for the Oregon Literary Fellowships in the category of Young Readers. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He has been an arts educator for over a decade.

Excerpt from the scene:


JODIE – 7, a second-grader who doesn’t want to share her new hula hoop
MIRANDA – 7, a second-grader who wants Jodie to share

TIME: A Saturday afternoon. Present year.
SETTING: A backyard. A blank stage.

Look what I have!

Wow! You got a new hula hoop!

And it sparkles, too!

Yes, it does.

Do you like it?

I love it.

They’ll probably pick me to be in the circus now. Because I have a new hula hoop.

But we want them to pick us both.

I don’t think they will, Miranda. Your hula hoop is old. It’s not as pretty as mine. And you know they love beautiful things at the circus. We should practice now.

But you never want to practice.

Now, I do.

Okay, let’s practice. But can I use your new hula hoop, too?

No, of course not. It’s mine.

Did you buy it? With your allowance?

No, my mother bought it for me because I did all of my chores for two weeks without being asked to do so one hundred million times.

I did my chores, too.

Maybe you didn’t do them as well as I did. Maybe that’s why you didn’t get a new hula hoop.

I don’t think I want to practice for the circus today.

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