The Nutcracker 2: Mouse and Toy Soldier Fight Lesson

The Nutcracker 2: Mouse and Toy Soldier Fight Lesson

Capture students’ imaginations with this climactic battle scene! Designed for grades 3-6, this lesson provides an engaging way for students to learn about physical choices, collaboration, and conflict through creating a pantomime of the battle from The Nutcracker. You can also use this as an opportunity to teach students about physical safety in drama, by emphasizing the need for great concentration when acting out a fight scene.

Habitats, Needs of Living Things, and Body Details Lesson

Habitats, Needs of Living Things, and Body Details Lesson

How can we keep students fully engaged through complex subject matter? Ask them to engage their bodies as well as their minds! This exciting lesson integrates Drama with Language Arts and Science by asking students to create habitats and settings using only their bodies. It also includes a full story about a mischievous young bear to give students an opportunity to act it out and apply their knowledge. Ideal for grades 1-3, this lesson helps students work on concentration, transformation, and collaboration skills in drama.

NOTE: Habitats, Needs of Living Things, and Body Details is part of our unique library of integrated lessons. These specialized lessons simultaneously teach concepts and skills related to drama and the other subject(s) targeted in the lesson. In addition, these lessons are designed to meet National Standards for Drama and for the integrated subject(s), so you can reach learning goals across multiple disciplines.

Explorers, Risk Taking, and Tableau Lesson

Explorers, Risk Taking, and Tableau Lesson

What do explorers and theatre artists have in common? A willingness to take risks and work as a team! In this lesson for grades 4-8, students will work in groups, applying what they know about explorers to create dynamic tableaus and still picture stories. This lesson is a fantastic way to integrate social studies learning with drama, by asking students to think more deeply about the lives of explorers and the importance of risk taking in their work.

NOTE: Explorers, Risk Taking, and Tableau is part of our unique library of integrated lessons. 
These specialized lessons simultaneously teach concepts and skills related to drama and the other subject(s) targeted in the lesson. In addition, these lessons are designed to meet National Standards for Drama and for the integrated subject(s), so you can reach learning goals across multiple disciplines.

Civil War Drama Lesson

Civil War Drama Lesson

Drama is a great way to engage students with historical events by encouraging them to think deeply about point of view. In this lesson, designed for grades 4-8, students will practice concentration, collaboration, and transformation while using Body Objects to communicate different settings. This lesson encourages students to think about point of view and sectionalism, deepening their understanding of the events and forces that led to the Civil War.

NOTE: Civil War Drama is part of our unique library of integrated lessons. These specialized lessons simultaneously teach concepts and skills related to drama and the other subject(s) targeted in the lesson. In addition, these lessons are designed to meet National Standards for Drama and for the integrated subject(s), so you can reach learning goals across multiple disciplines.

The Box Poem

The Box Poem

Grasshoppers, beetles, and black slugs, oh my! This playful poem tells the story of a child who fills their favorite box with everything from bugs to buttons. Students in grades 2-5 can use this poem to practice imitation, emotions, and body object skills. You may also choose to integrate Language Arts learning by identifying conflict and adding dialogue for older students. We have included some recommended step-by-step delivery instructions to help you turn this poem into a full lesson.

The Box Journal: Grades 2-5

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. 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.

The Package Poem

The Package Poem

Watch out! This poem may just give your students ideas about how NOT to use the US Postal Service. Students in grades 1-4 can practice collaboration, imitation, and body object skills by working together to tell the tale of a mischievous older sibling who puts their little brother in a package and tries to mail him away. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery instructions to help you turn this poem into a full lesson.

The Package Journal: Grades 1-4

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. 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.

Perhaps Today Poem

Perhaps Today Poem

Pirates or pilots? Pancakes or plunder? This adventurous poem tells the story of a restless and imaginative child deciding how to spend a completely free day. This piece is a perfect way for students in grades 2-6 to practice imitation, setting, body objects, and playwriting skills. You may also choose to integrate Language Arts by discussing creative writing skills and the creation of setting. We have included some recommended step-by-step delivery instructions to help you turn this poem into a full lesson.

Perhaps Today Journal: Grades 2-6

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. 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.

Mom Poem

Mom Poem 

Crumbs on the chair, mud on the stairs, leaves in your hair... There’s no better way to drive your Mom up the wall! This whimsical poem tells the story of a kid who is grounded for making a huge mess. Filled with fun opportunities for imitation, this poem is the perfect way for students in grades 1-4 to practice emotions, body objects and collaboration skills. You can also choose to integrate Character Education by discussing responsibility, or Language Arts by focusing on the conflict/resolution in the poem. We have included some step-by-step delivery instructions to help you turn this poem into a full lesson.

Mom Poem Journal: Grades 1-4

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. 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.

Maximillian in Trouble Poem 

Maximillian in Trouble Poem 

Sometimes the most loveable children get in the most trouble... especially the ones with four legs and a tail! Students in grades 2-5 will have a blast imitating this mischievous dog, who wreaks havoc when his mom leaves him alone in the house. This poem provides a great opportunity for students to practice imitation, transformation, and body object skills. We have also included some step-by-step delivery instructions to help you turn this poem into a full lesson.

Maximillian in Trouble Journal: Grades 2-5

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. 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.

Body Objects: Acting The Dreamer Story

Body Objects: Acting The Dreamer Story

How do we get students excited about the details and setting in a story? Dive into the vivid world of The Dreamer, adapted from One Thousand and One Nights by Karen L. Erickson. In this lesson, students in grades 4-12 can practice collaboration, cooperation, and transformation skills by using body objects to act out the different settings of this tale.

Body Objects: Acting The Dreamer Story Sixth Grade Journal

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. 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.