Henry’s Magic Hat Lesson

Henry's Magic Hat Lesson

What are the essential building blocks of every story? In this lesson, you will have the chance to lead students through a simple yet engaging tale about a boy and his mysterious magic hat. This story is a wonderful way to teach students in grades K-2 about important story elements such as character, conflict and transformation. Students will also get a chance to hone their imagination, concentration and careful listening skills. We have also included a journal assessment tool to help your students reflect on the drama skills they practiced during this lesson. 

Henry's Magic Hat Journals Grades K-1 and 2

 

Plot Boosters

Plot Boosters

Use this list of plot boosters to develop original stories for your drama work! These ideas can support the plot by moving the story along, giving the reader/viewer new information, showing character changes, foreshadowing, providing irony, creating cause and effect, and supporting the message and/or theme of the story. 

Building Vocabulary Through Drama Lesson

Building Vocabulary Through Drama Lesson

Building Vocabulary Through Drama Rubric

This lesson gets participants of all ages loving words and thinking of them as colorful ways to communicate their ideas. So put those worksheets and spelling tests down for time to have students build a relationship with words in a new way! Participants work in teams and practice their ensemble and brainstorming skills. Older participants will experience and come to appreciate the connotative and denotative beauty of words.

Hat or No Hat Poem

Hat or No Hat Poem

To Hat or Not to Hat? That is the question… This poem deals with the age-old conflict between parents and children over whether to wear a hat in cold weather. Students in grades K-1 can practice imitation skills with this piece, while students in grades 2-4 may work on integrating dialogue. In addition, this poem can be used to address health topics, such as how the immune system works. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson.

Hat or No Hat Journal: Grades K-1

Hat or No Hat Journal: Grades 2-4

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

Careful Spider Poem

Careful Spider Poem

What happens to a careful spider when they confront a big bird? Nothing good! Students in grades 1-3 can practice animal characters, imitative action, and dialogue skills in this exciting poem. This piece includes opportunities for integrating Language Arts through discussing story elements and drawing inferences. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson.

Careful Spider Journal: Grades 1-2

Careful Spider Journal: Grade 3

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

Sick Poem

Sick Poem

This student can’t wait to go to school and play with their friends... until they remember they have a big test scheduled. Students in grades 1-5 may work on understanding conflict, incorporating dialogue or identifying story elements with this goofy poem.We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson. 

Sick Journal: Grades 1-2

Sick Journal: Grades 3-5

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

Metamorphosis Poem

Metamorphosis Poem

What happens when a mischievous child messes with the wrong witch? This poem tells the cautionary tale of a troublemaker who can’t seem to follow directions, with vivid imagery and a shocking ending! Students in grades 1-5 can practice action/reaction, problem solving, and transformation skills. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson. 

Metamorphosis Journal: Grades 1-2

Metamorphosis Journal: Grades 3-5

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

 

Grandpa Poem

Grandpa Poem

A game of “Cat and Mouse”! A chase! A battle! This heartwarming poem describes a fun-filled visit with Grandpa. Students can practice imitation and narrator skills, as well as build on their imagination and negotiation skills. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson. 

Grandpa Journal: Grades K-1

Grandpa Journal: Grades 2-4

Grandpa Journal: Grades 5-6

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

Food Poem

Food Poem

Is the narrator a picky eater, or are they being served green mold on a silver platter? This poem tells the hilarious tale of the trials and tribulations of mealtime. Students in grades 1-7 can practice playwriting skills, dialogue, transformation, and/or using the five senses. Language Arts can be integrated by introducing inferred scenes: who are these characters, and what might have happened between them in the past that we aren’t seeing in the poem? In addition, the poem can be used to discuss health and well-being through the topics of nutrition and food groups. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson. 

Food Poem Journal: Grades 1-2

Food Poem Journal: Grades 3-5

Food Poem Journal: Grades 6-7

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

Crocodile Poem

Crocodile Poem

Even a little crocodile can have a terrible bite! This quick poem is a perfect way for students in grades 1-5 to practice animal characters or imitative action. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson. 

Crocodile Journal: Grades 1-2

Crocodile Journal: Grades 3-5

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