Little Breeze – Great Storm Lesson: Building Schema
Objective: Students use personification in a drama. Students compare characters and situations in a drama to situations and people in real life.
Where does the wind come from? How are great storms made? This is a wonderful science lesson but also could be used as a character education lesson addressing anti- bullying. Building on the Fire Lesson, students use their bodies and senses to personify wind (part of the third grade objectives). Students are encouraged to do their own research on weather conditions, but a brief background on wind is provided. The lesson can become a two-day lesson if students need more time to research their science content for use in the drama. This story goes perfectly with Aesop’s Fable “The Wind and the Sun.” A brief warm-up activity is provided called Feather to capture the qualities of the wind character needed for the story; the full activity can also be downloaded from our website. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Third Grade Curriculum.
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.