Making the Thundercake Lesson

Making the Thundercake Lesson

A roll of thunder. A pitter pat of rain. A creaky old door. What connects all these things? They are sound effects that evoke a mysterious, scary mood! Based on the book Thundercake by Patricia Polacco, this lesson is designed to teach students in grades 3-5 how to create mood using sound effects and movement. This is a great way for students to practice vocal skills, emotions, and teamwork by introducing the concept of mood in a story or drama. You could also use this lesson to introduce students to lighting or sound design by discussing how designers create mood in theatrical productions. 

Grade Level

  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Body
  • Character
  • Collaboration
  • Concentration
  • Cooperation
  • Emotions
  • Facial Expressions
  • Gesture
  • Mind
  • Mood
  • Movement
  • Planning
  • Practicing
  • Sound
  • Teamwork
  • Theme/Idea
  • Voice
  • Voice Expression


  • Collaboration
  • Emotions
  • Teamwork


  • Open