How the World Was Formed on Turtle’s Back Lesson

How the World Was Formed on Turtle’s Back Lesson “How the World Was Formed on Turtle’s Back” is an Onondaga creation story that features a team of vibrant animal characters who work together to save a young woman’s life and create the world as we know it. This lesson provides numerous opportunities for students to … Read more

Objects Walk & Talk Lesson

Objects Walk & Talk Lesson: Personification Objective: students will learn how observation and sound create characters. This lesson focuses students on transformation with observation to create a drama (part of the fourth grade objectives). Students will observe physical items (list included) and personify them using body objects. If students haven’t learned or don’t remember body objects, … Read more

Rabbit, Elephant, Whale Lesson

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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 … Read more

The Story of Rabbit, Elephant, and Whale

The Story of Rabbit, Elephant, and Whale  In this story, the rabbit outsmarts the elephant and the whale, both of which use their physical size against the rabbit.  Students like to act out the different parts in this story as they learn that sometimes being wise can counter physical size.  This story is also designed … Read more

Using Drama in Careers Lesson

Using Drama in Careers Lesson Objective: students identify how drama is used in careers. What a wonderful lesson for career day or as you near the end of the school year. Students reflect on all of the skills and tools they have learned in drama and imagine how they might be used in a future … Read more

Ferdinand Lesson

Ferdinand Lesson: Fantasy & Real Life  Objective: students compare characters and situations in drama to situations and people in real life. Bullying and being misunderstood are topics explored through the story “Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf. This lesson in our third grade sequence continues the comparison of people and situations in drama to real life (part of … Read more

Little Breeze – Great Storm Lesson

Little Breeze – Great Storm Lesson: Building Schema  Objective: Students use personification in a drama. Students compare characters and situations in a drama to situations and people in real life. Where does the wind come from? How are great storms made? This is a wonderful science lesson but also could be used as a character … Read more

The Fire Lesson

The Fire Lesson  Objective: students demonstrate sensory (touch, taste, smell, sight, sound) recall in a drama.  Students identify similarities among art forms. Students become fire, fight fire, and practice fire prevention all through the safety of drama. This lesson introduces students to sensory (touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound) recall and personification (part of the third … Read more

Why the Earth is Green

Why the Earth is Green story  This story was written for students studying drama and the solar system.  In science, this can be used when the students are learning the characteristics of the planets.

Baby Tar Rabbit

Baby Tar Rabbit story  This story is for small groups of 3-4 and is adapted from Joel Chandler Harris’s Uncle Remus. Participants can enact both animal characters and body objects.  If you tell the story in a slight dialect, the students might be interested in using that dialect in their drama, but it is not … Read more