The Vegetable Garden Lesson: Creating Characters
Objective: students compare actions of characters to real life behaviors and demonstrate how the body and voice are used to create character.
A vegetable garden and a vineyard vie for attention in this story of a farmer who forgets the produce that has supported him for so long. This lesson is integrated with science for students in first grade as they enact the needs of living things. The students also imitate real-life behaviors compare how human behaviors mirror the story (part of the first grade objectives). It may be useful to review anonymous casting techniques and strategies for viewing student dramas before beginning the lesson. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can also be used for Kindergarten.
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.