The River Lesson

The River Lesson: Mirroring Life through Cooperation

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Objective: students discuss how drama is similar to real life.

This is a Life drama lesson for students in first grade. It focuses on environmental, urban and immigration issues as part of the story. This lesson incorporates the book  A River Ran Wild by Lynn Cherry. The first grade objectives addressed are using cooperation skills and learning to compare the actions of characters to real-life behaviors. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can also be used for Kindergarten.

First Grade Drama Journal: The River

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 First Grade Curriculum

Grade Level

  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade


  • Cooperation
  • Environment
  • Imitation
  • Immigration
  • Pollution


  • Environment
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • Writing


  • Open