Animal Treasure Lesson

Animal Treasure Lesson: Emotions

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Objective: students imitate simple emotions through physical movement, facial expression, and posture.

Students practice imitating emotions using their bodies while playing animal characters (part of the 2nd grade objectives). First read the included story "Animal Treasure or Everybody Gets Tricked" to students and then let them choose emotions to communicate. We suggest beginning with the warm-up activity Pass the Face with the students before starting this lesson. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Second Grade Curriculum.

Second Grade Drama Journal: Animal Treasure

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 Second Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Emotions
  • Facial Expressions
  • Movement
  • Posture


  • Animals
  • Character Education
  • Emotions
  • Habitats
  • Language Arts
  • Plot Sequence
  • Predicting
  • Science
  • Story Elements


  • Open