Rabbit, Elephant, Whale Lesson: Observation & Personification
Objective: students will learn how actors use the drama tools to create a character.
Students have fun personifying animal characters to create a story of their own design. The students then use the actor’s tools (mind, body, voice) to create a drama using observation (part of the fourth grade objectives). This lesson is designed around the story of the same name - download The Story of the Rabbit, Elephant, Whale before you begin. We also suggest you start with an imitation activity as a warm-up to this lesson such as Pass the Imaginary Object. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.
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 Fourth Grade Curriculum.