Rabbit, Elephant, Whale Lesson

Rabbit, Elephant, Whale Lesson: Observation & Personification

Objective: students will learn how actors use the drama tools to create a character.

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Students have fun personifying animal characters to create a story of their own design.   The students’ then use the actor’s tools (mind, body, voice) to create a drama using observation (part of the 4th grade objectives).  This lesson is designed around the story of the same name - download The Story of the Rabbit, Elephant, Whale before you begin.  We also suggest you start with an imitation activity as a warm-up to this lesson such as Pass the Imaginary Object.  This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum. rabbit_whale_elephant

Grade Level


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Body
  • Human
  • Mind
  • Personification
  • Transformation
  • Voice


  • Africa
  • Folk Tales
  • Geography
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies


  • Open