Acting Out Life Cycles Lesson

Acting Out Life Cycles LessonReviewing the Tools & Skills

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Objective: students use the tools and skills to transform into human, animal, and object characters.

This science-integrated lesson serves as a year-end culmination for students in first grade. Students play characters going through a transformation. Each story presents an opportunity to discuss and act out life cycles. This lesson recommends two stories: The Ugly Duckling and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The first grade objectives addressed are using C.I.T.I. skills and communicating a story with body/voice. This lesson is the culmination of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can also be used for Kindergarten.

First Grade Drama Journal: Acting Out Life Cycles

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.

Grade Level

  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade


  • Body
  • Communication
  • Concentration
  • Imagination
  • Imitation
  • Transformation
  • Voice


  • Animals
  • Science
  • Teamwork
  • Visualizing


  • Open