Tableau Stories Lesson

Tableau Stories Lesson

Objectives: Students use movement choices to tell stories without words. Students demonstrate supportive audience behavior.
This lesson builds on the skills students learned in “Creating Tableaux” by introducing how tableaux can tell stories.  After an individual warm up, students create frozen pictures in small groups and present them to the class.  Students also practice their analysis skills by observing each other’s tableaux and filling out a worksheet with their responses.  In addition, you will find that this lesson provides a useful context to teach and assess audience behavior.  “Tableau Stories” is thus a fun and easily adaptable lesson that could be connected to units in English, social studies, or even science.  This lesson is a part of our recommended sequence in the Fifth Grade Curriculum.

Grade Level


  • Audience Behaviors
  • Concentration
  • Facial Expressions
  • Shape
  • Shape/Line/Level


  • Historical Fiction
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies


  • Circle
  • Open