Early American Life Lesson: Creating Action
Objective: students use the body to imitate character actions and create objects in a setting; they also identify problems and solutions in a story.
Students reenact the lives of early American settlers, a great connection to Social Studies (early American life). This lesson also uses the children's book The Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall and Barbara Cooney, letting the children get a glimpse into life long ago as they “live” it. One section of the lesson recommends using props (or pictures) of household and farm implements from the time period, this section can be deleted but if you have the objects, or pictures of the objects, it is a delight for the students. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can also be used for Kindergarten.
To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our First Grade Drama Curriculum.