Acting Out Life Cycles Lesson

Acting Out Life Cycles Lesson

Acting Out Life Cycles LessonReviewing the Tools & Skills

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Objective: students use the tools and skills to transform into human, animal, and object characters.

This science-integrated lesson serves as a year-end culmination for students in first grade. Students play characters going through a transformation. Each story presents an opportunity to discuss and act out life cycles. This lesson recommends two stories: The Ugly Duckling and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The first grade objectives addressed are using C.I.T.I. skills and communicating a story with body/voice. This lesson is the culmination of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can also be used for Kindergarten.

First Grade Drama Journal: Acting Out Life Cycles

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 Drama Curriculum.

The Vegetable Garden Lesson

The Vegetable Garden Lesson

The Vegetable Garden Lesson: Creating Characters 

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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.

First Grade Drama Journal: The Vegetable Garden

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

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.

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

Mindless Woman Lesson

Mindless Woman Lesson

Mindless Woman LessonCommunicating with the Body

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Objective: students demonstrate how the drama tools are used to create a story.

Based on an old Chinese folk tale, this lesson has groups working to create settings for a very humorous story (part of the first grade objectives). This is a full class drama and you are the narrator as well as play a character, if you like. Students transform their bodies into setting elements as the Mindless Woman makes a journey to get her “baby” back. In each group students must decide the one actor who gets the “plum” role…a good assessment on all things learned in drama, including collaborative decision making. It is nice to have a silly hat on hand to represent the woman. This lesson uses the story Mindless Woman -- download it from the story library before you start. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can also be used for Kindergarten.

First Grade Drama Journal: Mindless Woman

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

Early American Life Lesson

Early American Life Lesson

Early American Life Lesson: Creating Action

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Objective: students use the body to imitate character actions and create objects in a setting; they also identify problems and solutions in a story.

Students reenact the lives of early American settlers, a great connection to Social Studies (early American life). This lesson also uses the children's book The Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall and Barbara Cooney, letting the children get a glimpse into life long ago as they “live” it. One section of the lesson recommends using props (or pictures) of household and farm implements from the time period, this section can be deleted but if you have the objects, or pictures of the objects, it is a delight for the students. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can also be used for Kindergarten.

First Grade Drama Journal: Early American Life

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 Drama Curriculum

Hermit Monster Lesson

Hermit Monster Lesson

Hermit Monster Lesson: Playing Emotions

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Objective: students identify how emotions are used to tell a story.

Hermit Monster is small and frightened and becomes large and angry. Other characters in the story go through emotions as well. Friendship saves the day rather than anger or fear. The students identify simple emotions and use the body with those emotions to tell the story (part of the first grade objectives). This lesson uses the activity Pass the Emotion as a warm-up: download it from the activity library to complete the lesson. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can also be used for Kindergarten.

First Grade Drama Journal: Hermit Monster

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

Emotions Lesson

Emotions Lesson

Emotions Lesson

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Objective: students identify and imitate simple emotions.

Students identify and imitate simple emotions in beginning simple exercises. Next, they create a scene, using the body, to communicate an emotion through imitative action (part of the first grade objectives). Before working with the children, review our side coaching tips to encourage them to "be real." This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can be used for Kindergarten.

First Grade Drama Journal: Emotions

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

Hungry Caterpillar Lesson

Hungry Caterpillar Lesson

Hungry Caterpillar Lesson: Sequencing with the Body

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Objective: students use the body to tell a story.

Based on the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, this lesson has students working in partners and triads to create the objects and the caterpillar who systematically eats through each item. Students sequence and retell the story as they transform in the playing of the character and setting . The students identify the character, plot, conflict, setting and message of the story (part of the first grade objectives). This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can be used in Kindergarten.

First Grade Drama Journal: Hungry Caterpillar

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

 

The Puddle Lesson

The Puddle Lesson

The Puddle Lesson: More Story Elements 

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Objective: students discuss the elements needed to make a story.

Students work with physical shapes as they play a puddle who wants to be round like the sun. The students are asked to identify the character, plot, conflict, setting and message of the story (part of the first grade objectives). This lesson uses the story of the same name -- download The Puddle from our story library to complete the lesson. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum and can be used for Kindergarten.

First Grade Drama Journal: The Puddle

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

Cubby Finds a Home Lesson

Cubby Finds a Home Lesson

Cubby Finds a Home LessonCommunicating with Voice

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Objective: students use the voice to communicate a story.

This winter story has a surprise ending.  Students infer, make guesses, and put clues together to figure out who Cubby is and where he needs to live for the winter.   Students add sound effects with the voice for the first time (part of the first grade objectives).   This lesson also recommends using a vocal warm-up activity: you can use your own or pick one of ours from our activity library.  We designed this lesson around the story of the same name -- download Cubby finds a Home from our story library to complete the lesson.  This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the First Grade Curriculum.

First Grade Drama Journal: Cubby Finds a Home

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 Drama Curriculum