Hare & the Tortoise Lesson

Hare & the Tortoise Lesson: Animal Characters & Movement Choices

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Objective: students use movement to create characters and the illusion of traveling through space while standing in one spot.

This lesson demonstrates the difference between locomotor and nonlocomotor movement and how they are used in drama (part of the second grade objectives). Drama relies on controlled actor movement as well as actors using the whole body to play characters, including animal characters. In this lesson, students practice standing up rather than crawling to play animals as they imitate the actions of those characters. The lesson uses our version of the classic Hare and the Tortoise story, which we edited for use in drama. Alternately, you can easily find many versions to adapt online. Before starting this lesson, review our techniques for viewing and sharing student work. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Second Grade Curriculum.

Second Grade Drama Journal: Hare and the Tortoise

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


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Character
  • Locomotor/Nonlocomotor
  • Movement
  • Planning
  • Practicing


  • Character Education
  • Fantasy
  • Folk Tales
  • Reality
  • Writing


  • Open