Concentration and Partner Work Lesson

Concentration and Partner Work Lesson: Statue Maker

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Overview: students explore the role of the mind in drama. Objectives: students evaluate self and praise others; define the 5 key vocabulary words (imagination, imitation, transformation, concentration, and collaboration); practice self-management; demonstrate collaborative strategies
Freeze!  How long can students stay frozen?  Can they hold still for a partner, letting their partner mold them into a frozen work of art?  This lesson focuses on concentration and imagination work; it sets up management of space, movement, and noise.  Students request this activity again and again as it is an exciting challenge for young actors.  Students learn to collaborate with a partner, creating statues to and sharing ideas through still image.  To improve cooperation, this lesson will guide the students through the "Ask, Don't Tell" principle.  This is an important skill for problem solving and negotiation with a partner. The lesson references and uses the story The Ice Wizard for younger students.  For older students these additional stories include statue maker elements and can be used with this lesson: "The Old Statue Maker,” “The Stubborn Clay,” and “Alfredo and the Sea.”  You can also use a related sculpture activity such as Class Sculpture or Human Jigsaw Sculpture as well. This is part of our Introductory Lessons that serve to prepare students or groups for integrated drama work. When your class has completed our introductory lessons, move to the appropriate grade level drama curriculum.

Concentration and Partner Work Journal (Grades 6-8)

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.

Grade Level

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


  • Collaboration
  • Concentration
  • Cooperation
  • Ensemble
  • Partner Work
  • Self Space


  • Language Arts
  • Negotiation
  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • Word Study


  • Circle
  • Seated