Little Wolf’s Ginger Root Lesson

Little Wolf’s Ginger Root Lesson: Exploring the Past through Drama

Objective: students will learn about exploring the past through drama.

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This lesson for fourth grade focuses on students’ use of improvisation with dialogue in a drama. Students will model situations from historical events both with and without background information and observe the impact on the performance (part of the fourth grade objectives). This lesson uses the original story Little Wolf’s Ginger Root by Karen Erickson - download it to complete the materials. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.

Fourth Grade Drama Journal: Little Wolf's Ginger Root

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 Fourth Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Dialogue
  • Improvisation


  • Colonial Life
  • Historical Fiction


  • Open