5th Grade Lessons

Recommended Lesson Sequence for Fifth Grade 

The lessons suggested for our Fifth Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama teaching based on the lessons in this guide.  This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you select the lessons for your classroom.
NOTE: this sequence is for classes with PRIOR drama instruction.  For classes without prior experience, begin with our foundational Introductory Lessons.  If teachers, in grades that precede yours, are already teaching drama, you don’t need to teach those foundational lessons, just begin with this new set of lessons.
TIMELINESUGGESTED LESSON SEQUENCEOBJECTIVES ADDRESSED
September1.   Crazy Shapes & Transform the Chair 1
2.   Statue Maker with Nursery Rhymes 1
3.   Creating Tableaux & Pictures in a Gallery1, 2
October4.    Emotion Emotion 2, 3
5.   Tableau Stories 2, 3
November6.   Three Scenes From a Book 3
7.   Pantomime with a Prop3, 4
December8.  And That’s a Blue Day 3, 5
9.  This Morning I Felt…3, 5
January10.  Good News, Bad News 3, 5, 6
11.  Jabberwocky 6, 7
February12.  Painting Stories8
March13.  Landforms (Three-Day Unit) 8
April14.  Art Print Lesson10
May15.  Journey to Another Culture (Six-Day Unit)8, 9, 11
JuneASSESSMENT

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Fifth Grade Drama Curriculum
CURRICULUM MENUAbout this Curriculum Guide for Fifth Grade StudentsEach of these lessons has been tested in the classroom and taught successfully for many years.  These lessons are intended as an extension to the foundational Introductory Lessons which have the background and methodology needed to ...
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5th Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Fifth Grade Drama Objectives Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for nine- to ten-year-old students. This first PDF download above (appears below for subscribers) contains objectives used in our Fifth ...
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5th Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Fifth Grade  The lessons suggested for our Fifth Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama ...
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5th Grade Drama Objectives & Standards

Fifth Grade Drama Objectives 

Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards

These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for nine- to ten-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for subscribers) contains objectives used in our Fifth Grade Curriculum in a handy printout for reference​.  We have aligned the objectives with the United States National Standards as shown in the second PDF.  As a purchase outside of membership, you will receive access to both documents. Additionally, we have mapped the National Core Arts Standards to grade-appropriate theater standards in a handy reference document for each grade level.  Use this reference if you are customizing your curriculum.
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Fifth Grade Drama Curriculum
CURRICULUM MENUAbout this Curriculum Guide for Fifth Grade StudentsEach of these lessons has been tested in the classroom and taught successfully for many years.  These lessons are intended as an extension to the foundational Introductory Lessons which have the background and methodology needed to ...
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5th Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Fifth Grade Drama Objectives Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for nine- to ten-year-old students. This first PDF download above (appears below for subscribers) contains objectives used in our Fifth ...
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5th Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Fifth Grade  The lessons suggested for our Fifth Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama ...
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Fifth Grade Drama Curriculum

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Fifth Grade Drama Curriculum
CURRICULUM MENUAbout this Curriculum Guide for Fifth Grade StudentsEach of these lessons has been tested in the classroom and taught successfully for many years.  These lessons are intended as an extension to the foundational Introductory Lessons which have the background and methodology needed to …
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5th Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Fifth Grade Drama Objectives Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for nine- to ten-year-old students. This first PDF download above (appears below for subscribers) contains objectives used in our Fifth …
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5th Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Fifth Grade  The lessons suggested for our Fifth Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama …
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About this Curriculum Guide for Fifth Grade Students

Each of these lessons has been tested in the classroom and taught successfully for many years.  These lessons are intended as an extension to the foundational Introductory Lessons which have the background and methodology needed to implement drama and a foundation to kick off your drama work.  Like any academic area, Drama has a scope and sequence of learning (knowledge and skills). This body of lessons is developed to cover essential learning in the art form for eight- to nine-year-old students.

The objectives in this Drama Curriculum can essentially be sorted into three categories:

  1. Self-management (intrapersonal) objectives
  2. Collaborative (interpersonal) objectives
  3. Discipline based-art objectives

These three categories are interdependent, but much is gained from teaching them specifically and in a sequence that builds understanding and competence.

National Core Arts Standards

The curriculum objectives are aligned with the United States National Standards, and a chart is included in the objectives so that you can see that alignment.  Many states and nations have other standards.  You are encouraged to look at your state’s or nation’s drama standards and see what lessons you might omit or determine some you might need to create so that all standards are covered adequately.

Curriculum Lesson Sequence

The lessons referenced in the sequence are put in a recommended delivery order, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  Tying it all together is a year-long planning guide [“Fourth Grade Lessons”] to map a school year of drama teaching based on the lessons in this guide.  This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you select the lessons for your classroom.  NOTE: this sequence is for classes with PRIOR drama instruction.

These specific grade level lessons are all you will need to cover the drama knowledge and skills, and connect drama to your classroom teaching.  For classes without prior experience, begin with our foundational Introductory Lessons.  If teachers, in grades that precede yours, are already teaching drama, you don’t need to teach those foundational lessons, just begin with this new set of lessons.

Exploratory or Essential Question

The main lesson is written with as much detail as possible for ease of implementation. Each lesson has a sample exploratory or essential question that drives the instruction.  What is the difference?  An exploratory question is something that has a definitive answer and will not take years of study to understand it or uncover all of the meanings.  An essential question is connected to more enduring understandings and will, perhaps, take years to uncover and understand entirely. Essential questions are tied to even bigger ideas.

Student-Centered Approach

In my work and in these lessons, I am always moving students through a gradual release process, from me modeling or guiding the drama to them independently creating stories. I have tried to make this distinction in the lesson steps.  When the teacher is in the lead, the lesson step begins with a verb (e.g., model, explain, lead, have students). When students are in the lead or working independently, the lesson step describes their work (e.g., students brainstorm, groups plan and practice).


 

Pre-K Lessons

Recommended Lesson Sequence for Pre-Kindergarten 

This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama teaching for Pre-Kindergarten students.  This is adjusted and shortened from the longer schedule for older students in Kindergarten.  We put these lessons in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you build a curriculum for your classroom.

TIMELINESUGGESTED LESSON SEQUENCEMEMBERSINDIVIDUAL PURCHASEOBJECTIVES ADDRESSED
September1.  Introducing 5 Senses1, 3, 4
2.  Elves and the Shoemaker2a-f
October3.  Magic Carpet4, 2a
4.  Dragon Hunt2c, 4
November5. Humpty Dumpty5, 10
December6.  The Snowman6
7.  Pictures in the Air/ Imaginary Land/ Jack & Jill5, 6
January8.  I Woke Up this Morning7, 8
9.  Emotions Lesson7, 2f, 8
10.  The Three Billy Goats Gruff7
February11.  Henny Penny9, 10
March12.  Caps for Sale8, 10
13.  King Bidgood's in the Bathtub8, 10
April14.  Prop Box11
May15.  Seeds & Plants: Carrot Seed1, 8, 10, 11
16.  Seeds & Plants: Empty Pot2c, 7, 9, 11
JuneASSESSMENT

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Kindergarten Lessons

Recommended Lesson Sequence for Kindergarten 

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This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama teaching.  We put these lessons in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you build a curriculum for your classroom.

We also designed a shortened lesson sequence for Pre-Kindergarten students.

TIMELINESUGGESTED LESSON SEQUENCEMEMBERSINDIVIDUAL PURCHASEOBJECTIVES ADDRESSED
September1.  Finding Myself in Drama1, 2a-c, 2e
2.  Working with Space1, 2a-e
3.  Seeds Grow/Greedy Little Fish1, 2a-f, 10
October4.  Elves and the Shoemaker2a-f
5.  Introducing 5 Senses1, 3, 4
6.  Magic Carpet4, 2a
November7.  Dragon Hunt2c, 4
8.  Mirror2e, 6, 8
9.  Caveman2e, 2f, 6, 8
December10. Humpty Dumpty5, 10
11.  The Snowman6
12.  Pictures in the Air/ Imaginary Land/ Jack & Jill5, 6
January13.  I Woke Up this Morning7, 8
14.  Emotions Lesson7, 2f, 8
15.  The Three Billy Goats Gruff7
February16.  Charlie Lesson8, 9
17.  Henny Penny9, 10
March18.  Caps for Sale8, 10
19.  King Bidgood's in the Bathtub8, 10
April20.  Prop Box11
May21.  Seeds & Plants: Carrot Seed1, 8, 10, 11
22.  Seeds & Plants: Tiny Seed2a, 2f, 5, 10, 11
23.  Seeds & Plants: Empty Pot2c, 7, 9, 11
JuneASSESSMENT: use your own or adapt our 1st Grade example

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Kindergarten Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards  These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for five- to seven-year-old students.   This first PDF download above contains objectives used in our Kindergarten Curriculum (appears below for members) in a handy printout for ...
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Kindergarten Curriculum Overview

Classroom teachers and drama educators: all you need to implement this program in your classroom is a group of students, a space large enough in which to move comfortably, a signaling device, and you!

MISSION

This curriculum is a first step to introducing the youngest students to drama and creative expression through movement, verbalization, and role-playing; it is the initial grade addressed in our Scope and Sequence Curriculum.  This program lets teachers implement and experiment with the creative process and the basic skills of drama, while stimulating learning and integrating drama with other curricular areas.  Teachers are supported through training and can receive help by contacting the author.

PROGRAM GOALS

The Goals of this Program are to enable students to:
  • develop poise, initiative, and ways to express their ideas clearly;
  • work cooperatively with others;
  • gain experience in, and an aesthetic appreciation for, Drama as an art form;
  • learn the vocabulary of the art form;
  • develop skills of evaluation, self-management and audience response;
  • understand the cultural, social, and historical significance of drama/theater;
  • understand the artistic process, the craft processes, and the tools of drama/theater.
The Goals of the Program are to enable teachers to:
  • gain experience with this art form as a teaching methodology;
  • learn to incorporate the knowledge and skills of the art form into their daily teaching;
  • and integrate Drama work with the teaching of other curricular subjects.

UNDERLYING BELIEFS

These are a few of the underlying philosophies that govern this Program.  These statements should give you insight into the development of the curriculum.
  • Drama is for ALL growing humans: Infant to Senior Adult.
  • Any lesson can be modified and used for and with any age older than its original intent.
  • This Program uses "drama" for Kindergarten – Third grade.  (A minor transition to "theater" is introduced in grades 4-6.  A solid introduction to "theater" is introduced in grades 7-8. This follows the development of the children in their grasp and understanding of theater as an art form.)
  • Words like “pantomime” are used in theater not drama.  The word "imitation" is used to refer to the act of creating images using movement and/or sound (voice).
  • Anyone who has been a child and who has played can learn to teach drama.
Philosophy of this Drama/Learning Program

Organizing Philosophy of this Drama/Learning Program by Karen Erickson

Drama is an organized exploration into self-awareness and self-expression using movement, rhythm, verbalization, and role-playing.  It creates an environment that allows the participant to safely explore his/her own feelings, behavior, and ideas.  Students learn to create new perspectives from familiar actions, stretch the imagination, and share experiences that work as a springboard to group interaction and cooperation. 

Drama is a natural process through which human beings can explore and expand their own ideas and potential.  Drama is process centered.  Theater is product centered.  Drama is for all growing humans.  Theater is for the talented.  Drama is a basic human art form out of which the more complex art of theater has sprung.  Drama is where we begin so that theater might evolve

Read the PDF for an overview of the Philosophy of the Erickson Drama/Learning Program.   This will clarify the site's intent.  A special welcome to our subscribers: this FREE download does not count against your monthly limit.

Difference between Drama and Theater

Difference between Drama and Theater

One of the top six questions asked by teachers learning to integrate drama is:

"Do I have to do a play?"  

The short answer is NO, and here is the longer explanation why:

Drama is about the process of experiencing the art form and sharing the experience with co-participants. Drama isn’t used to create a performance for an audience; rather we strive to integrate Drama because it builds naturally on our ability to play.  With play, we can build powerful memory connections.  Drama is improvisational and, since it is not for an outside audience, there are less formal structures and performance rules.  You will only see participants, not an audience, in any of our images on this website. Pair Drama with each academic subject to enhance learning outcomes.

Theater, or creating a play, tells a story for the benefit of an audience. Theater focuses on performance as the end product and can be VERY difficult to integrate, as time must be spent on memorizing lines, rehearsing, and gathering props, sets, etc.  Performing plays is a wonderful endeavor; we have even included some play scripts on our site. However, doing plays is NOT the same as drama integration.  We encourage you to provide students with both drama AND theater opportunities, when possible. You understand now, right? 

Download this PDF for a snapshot of the difference between drama and theater.  A special welcome to our subscribers: this FREE download does not count against your monthly limit.

"Drama is where we begin so that theater might evolve."


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Here are some tips for getting the most out of this curriculum:

  1. Numbers-BlocksFIRST, read through this overview and general materials.  It won't take that long.  There's no reason to skip it.  This is a curriculum guide and does not contain all of the theory and history that you find in textbooks.  Choose a good text on early childhood drama to accompany this curriculum guide because you should find out as much as you can about the subject.  Familiarize yourself with the Drama Learning Levels.
  2. SECOND, read through the lessons.  Make notes in the blank column.  Add other strategies in the "hints and strategies" column you think might be needed.  If time is a problem, divide the lessons into shorter segments.  Look up the vocabulary words in the glossary.  When you are ready to teach the lessons, take the "LESSON AT A GLANCE" page and use it to teach from if you feel you can get by without the full lesson.
  3. THIRD, when you have taught the lesson, make notes in the blank column next to the lessons. Highlight items from the lesson you forgot and want to remember to include next time.  Draw a line through anything you want to eliminate the next time you teach the lesson.
  4. FOURTH, begin downloading activities, lessons, stories, and other ideas to continue building your own drama/theater program, or curriculum for your students or participants.  Do it your way.
  5. FIFTH, have fun.  If you need support, don’t hesitate to contact us.  If you need a lesson developed to integrate with something you are teaching, we are here to assist with that as well.

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Pre-K and Kindergarten Curriculum

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Kindergarten Drama Objectives & Standards
Kindergarten Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards  These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for five- to seven-year-old students.   This first PDF download above contains objectives used in our Kindergarten Curriculum (appears below for members) in a handy printout for ...
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4th Grade Lessons

Recommended Lesson Sequence for Fourth Grade 

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The lessons suggested for our Fourth Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama teaching based on the lessons in this guide.  This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you select the lessons for your classroom.
NOTE: this sequence is for classes with PRIOR drama instruction.  For classes without prior experience, begin with our foundational Introductory Lessons.  If teachers, in grades that precede yours, are already teaching drama, you don’t need to teach those foundational lessons, just begin with this new set of lessons.
TIMELINESUGGESTED LESSON SEQUENCEOBJECTIVES ADDRESSED
September1.    How to Analyze Drama1
2.    The Chase: Using Space1
3.    Prop Story1
October4.    The Tornado: Creating Objects & Characters2
5.    Haunted House: Audience Impact3
6.    Rabbit, Elephant, Whale: Observation & Personification2, 6
November7.    Emotion Lesson Part 1: Communicating Emotions4
8.    Emotion Lesson Part II: Emotion Stories4
9.    Emotions & History4, 5
DecemberPerformance Assessment: "Emotion Scenes"
10. Little Wolf’s Ginger Root: Exploring the Past Through Drama5, 11
11. Objects Walk and Talk: Personification6, 7
January12.  Making Machines7, 12, 13
13.  Crossing the Road: Conflicts8, 9
14.  Trouble with the Machines: Man vs. Technology8, 9
February15.  The Sleeping Lion: Adding Sound7, 8, 13
16.  My Room: Creating Setting9
Performance Assessment: Digging a Hole
March17.  Westward Ho!: A Life Drama11
18.  Westward Ho!: Dealing with Conflicts9,11
19.  Westward Ho!: Taking Risks9,11
April20.  Piasa Bird (Part 1): Exploring Visual Elements13
21.  Piasa Bird (Part 2): Adding Narration10
22.  Miss Nancy: Working with Literature11
May23.  Body Systems (Part 1): Working with Science11
24.  Body Systems (Part 2): Working with Science11,13
Performance Assessment: The Well
JuneKnowledge Assessment
Student Self-Reflection

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Fourth Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for nine- to ten-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for subscribers) contains objectives used in our Fourth Grade Curriculum in a ...
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Recommended Lesson Sequence for Fourth Grade  The lessons suggested for our Fourth Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama ...
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4th Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Fourth Grade  This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional ...
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4th Grade Vocabulary

Vocabulary for the Fourth Grade 

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This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional meanings or meanings in other contexts.  This vocabulary list strives only to define the words as they relate to drama. This vocabulary is part of our Fourth Grade Curriculum.

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Fourth Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for nine- to ten-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for subscribers) contains objectives used in our Fourth Grade Curriculum in a ...
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4th Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Fourth Grade  The lessons suggested for our Fourth Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama ...
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4th Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Fourth Grade  This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional ...
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Fourth Grade Drama Curriculum

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4th Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Fourth Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for nine- to ten-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for subscribers) contains objectives used in our Fourth Grade Curriculum in a …
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4th Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Fourth Grade  The lessons suggested for our Fourth Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama …
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4th Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Fourth Grade  This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional …
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About this Curriculum Guide for Fourth Grade Students

Each of these lessons has been tested in the classroom and taught successfully for many years.  These lessons are intended as an extension to the foundational Introductory Lessons which have the background and methodology needed to implement drama and a foundation to kick off your drama work.  Like any academic area, Drama has a scope and sequence of learning (knowledge and skills). This body of lessons is developed to cover essential learning in the art form for eight- to nine-year-old students.

The objectives in this Drama Curriculum can essentially be sorted into three categories:

  1. Self-management (intrapersonal) objectives
  2. Collaborative (interpersonal) objectives
  3. Discipline based-art objectives

These three categories are interdependent, but much is gained from teaching them specifically and in a sequence that builds understanding and competence.

National Core Arts Standards

The curriculum objectives are aligned with the United States National Standards, and a chart is included in the objectives so that you can see that alignment.  Many states and nations have other standards.  You are encouraged to look at your state’s or nation’s drama standards and see what lessons you might omit or determine some you might need to create so that all standards are covered adequately.

Curriculum Lesson Sequence

The lessons referenced in the sequence are put in a recommended delivery order, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  Tying it all together is a year-long planning guide [“Fourth Grade Lessons”] to map a school year of drama teaching based on the lessons in this guide.  This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you select the lessons for your classroom.  NOTE: this sequence is for classes with PRIOR drama instruction.

These specific grade level lessons are all you will need to cover the drama knowledge and skills, and connect drama to your classroom teaching.  For classes without prior experience, begin with our foundational Introductory Lessons.  If teachers, in grades that precede yours, are already teaching drama, you don’t need to teach those foundational lessons, just begin with this new set of lessons.

Exploratory or Essential Question

The main lesson is written with as much detail as possible for ease of implementation. Each lesson has a sample exploratory or essential question that drives the instruction.  What is the difference?  An exploratory question is something that has a definitive answer and will not take years of study to understand it or uncover all of the meanings.  An essential question is connected to more enduring understandings and will, perhaps, take years to uncover and understand entirely. Essential questions are tied to even bigger ideas.

Student-Centered Approach

In my work and in these lessons, I am always moving students through a gradual release process, from me modeling or guiding the drama to them independently creating stories. I have tried to make this distinction in the lesson steps.  When the teacher is in the lead, the lesson step begins with a verb (e.g., model, explain, lead, have students). When students are in the lead or working independently, the lesson step describes their work (e.g., students brainstorm, groups plan and practice).


 

3rd Grade Lessons

Recommended Lesson Sequence for Third Grade 

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The lessons suggested for our Third Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama teaching based on the lessons in this guide.  This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you select the lessons for your classroom.
NOTE: this sequence is for classes with PRIOR drama instruction.  For classes without prior experience, begin with our foundational Introductory Lessons.  If teachers, in grades that precede yours, are already teaching drama, you don’t need to teach those foundational lessons, just begin with this new set of lessons.
TIMELINESUGGESTED LESSON SEQUENCEOBJECTIVES ADDRESSED
September1.   Stick, Chair, Person: Three Drama Skill Words1
2.   Pirate’s Treasure: Practicing Basic Skills1
October3.   Rodeo Stars: The Three P’s2
4.   Vision Quest: Body Objects Review1
November5.   The Museum: Working with Setting3
6.   Team Machines: Collaborating with a Prop1-3
December7.   Communities1
8.   Emotion Stories4
January9.   Adaptation of Living Things5
10. Scarf Tale: Story Elements3, 5
February11. The Three Sillies: Using Narration6
March12. The Fire (Day 1)7,8
13. The Fire (Day 2)7-9
14. Little Breeze – Great Storm: Building Schema8, 10
April15. The First Woodpecker: Life Drama (Day 1)10
16. The First Woodpecker: Transformation (Day 2)10
May17. Ferdinand: Fantasy & Real Life10
18. Using Drama in Careers11
JunePaper & Pencil ASSESSMENT
Formal Performance ASSESSMENT
Additional Rubrics

CURRICULUM
3rd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Third Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for eight- to nine-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for members) contains objectives used in our Third Grade Curriculum in ...
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3rd Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Third Grade  The lessons suggested for our Third Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama ...
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3rd Grade Rubrics & Assessments
Third Grade Drama RubricThird Grade Knowledge AssessmentDrama Self-ReflectionDrama JournalMeasuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the school year to assess ...
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3rd Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Third Grade  This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional ...
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