The River Lesson

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.

Grade Level

  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade


  • Cooperation
  • Environment
  • Imitation
  • Immigration
  • Pollution


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


  • Open