Team Machines Lesson

Team Machines LessonCollaborating with a Prop 

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Objective: students combine the primary tools (body, mind, voice) with a support tool (prop) and with the skills of collaboration, concentration, transformation, audience behaviors, to create a drama.

Drama and machines have much in common. Students collaborate to complete a task of building an interactive machine using their moving bodies and vocal sound effects (part of the third grade objectives). Students must then problem solve to introduce a prop of some type that can be integrated into the machine. Teams must collaborate and create together to accomplish the task. This lesson integrates beautifully with the teaching of simple and compound machines. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Third Grade Curriculum.

Third Grade Drama Journal: Team 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 Third Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Body
  • Characterization
  • Collaboration
  • Imitation
  • Listening
  • Mind
  • Movement
  • Sound
  • Speaking Lines
  • Support Tools
  • Teamwork
  • Transformation
  • Voice


  • Listening
  • Mechanical Science
  • Science
  • Speaking
  • Teamwork


  • Open