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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 2nd grade objectives
). Drama relies on controlled actor movement as well as actors using the whole body upright to play characters, even animal characters. Students practice standing up rather than crawling to play animals as they imitate the actions of those characters. This lesson uses our version of the story
which we edited for drama and this lesson specifically. 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