Body Objects – a FREE drama lesson

Body Objects Lesson: Creating Settings with Details

Overview: students collaborate with a partner using negotiation strategies and applying concentration, imagination, imitation, and transformation skills.

Objectives: students collaborate with a partner using negotiation strategies; apply concentration, imagination, imitation, and transformation skills; identify story elements.

Students transform their bodies into objects and then into settings with a team of other actors for the story B.J.’s Journey.   Students work alone, with a partner, and then with a team to use a variety of collaborative and planning strategies to complete the story.  The students focus on C.I.T.I. (concentration, imagination, transformation, imitation) competence and work with the actor’s tools (mind, body, voice) to prepare them for integrated work.  Download B.J.'s Journey from our story library to complete the materials.  When teams are ready to decide who on their team will play B.J., remind them about the Ask, Don’t Tell rule from our Introductory Lessons as the beginning negotiation strategy to use when making a decision. 

This FREE drama lesson can be used with one of these additional stories to create a drama: The DreamerThe Sacred Scarab Root or The Mountain.  

Use this lesson in your program with our compliments.

Other uses of this lesson are shown in our Get Started guide integrating for Language Arts or Science.

You can find this lesson as a part of our Introductory Lessons guide [requires subscription] for those just getting started with drama integration.  There are 7 lessons in the guide to lay the foundation to enable students to move into deeper and more integrated work.

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Grade Level

  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Character
  • Collaboration
  • Cooperation
  • Ensemble
  • Setting
  • Story Elements
  • Transformation


  • Praising
  • Social/Emotional Learning