Making Machines Lesson

Making Machines Lesson

Objective: students learn how actors and directors work together.

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In this lesson, fourth grade students will practice building collaborative machines while taking turns as an actor and director (part of the fourth grade objectives). Students will gain a better understanding of the roles of actors and directors through practical experience. This lesson also emphasizes vocal and non vocal sounds, and we suggest a warm up activity that focuses on these skills (such as Vocal Environment or Vocal Symphony). This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.

Fourth Grade Drama Journal: Making Machines

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


  • Aesthetics
  • Collaboration
  • Sound
  • Teamwork
  • Vocal & Nonvocal Sounds


  • Mechanical Science
  • Science
  • Sounds


  • Open