The First Woodpecker Lesson (Part 2)

The First Woodpecker Lesson (Part 2): Transformation 

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Objective: Students compare characters and situations in drama to situations and people in real life. Students combine the primary drama tools to create character and setting. Students demonstrate transformation in a drama.

Transformation is key to the message of the story and understanding of societal values of the community (part of the third grade objectives). This lesson uses the story of the same name, "The First Woodpecker": download it to complete the lesson if you haven’t already. Review our tips for viewing student work before you begin. This lesson can also be used with the original story Vision Quest by Karen Erickson. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Third Grade Curriculum.

Third Grade Drama Journal: The First Woodpecker (Part 2)

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 Third Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Character
  • Story Elements
  • Transformation


  • Character Education
  • Fantasy
  • Myth
  • Native Americans
  • Reality
  • Story Elements


  • Open