3rd Grade Rubrics & Assessments

Measuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the school year to assess student learning and the effectiveness of instruction.  These tools were designed to support the Third Grade Curriculum.  Below is a brief description of each tool.

  • Third Grade Drama Rubric:  This rubric was created to address the basic skills taught in the third grade curriculum.  We use selected components of this rubric regularly.  Give students only those parts of the rubric that you cover in a given lesson.  You might want to create additional rubrics and a student record sheet for documenting student progress.
  • Drama Self-Reflection:  This drama self-reflection should be given to students at least three times throughout the year.  Keep each version and have students compare their reflections at the end of the year.  Feel free to read the statements aloud to the students, so nonreaders are not put at a disadvantage.  Explain any statements they don’t understand.  You want to keep this process safe as this is not an assessment and should not be graded or impact grades.  This is simply a way for students to gauge personal growth and reflect on their own learning.
  • Drama Journal:  A drama journal has been included as an informal assessment tool to deepen and extend student thinking about the drama work.  Journal entries can also provide you with formative assessment data.  They can reveal concepts that remain unclear and provide student perceptions about areas of challenge.
  • Third Grade Knowledge Assessment:  A summative assessment covering vocabulary and other basic knowledge is included for use at the end of the year, or whenever you think the students are ready.  Better yet, use it as a pre- and post-assessment to gauge learning.

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3rd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Third Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for eight- to nine-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for members) contains objectives used in our Third Grade Curriculum in …
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3rd Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Third Grade  The lessons suggested for our Third Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama …
Read More
3rd Grade Rubrics & Assessments
Third Grade Drama RubricThird Grade Knowledge AssessmentDrama Self-ReflectionDrama JournalMeasuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the school year to assess …
Read More
3rd Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Third Grade  This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional …
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Fourth Grade Drama Curriculum

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4th Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Fourth Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for nine- to ten-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for subscribers) contains objectives used in our Fourth Grade Curriculum in a …
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4th Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Fourth Grade  The lessons suggested for our Fourth Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama …
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4th Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Fourth Grade  This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional …
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About this Curriculum Guide for Fourth Grade Students

Each of these lessons has been tested in the classroom and taught successfully for many years.  These lessons are intended as an extension to the foundational Introductory Lessons which have the background and methodology needed to implement drama and a foundation to kick off your drama work.  Like any academic area, Drama has a scope and sequence of learning (knowledge and skills). This body of lessons is developed to cover essential learning in the art form for eight- to nine-year-old students.

The objectives in this Drama Curriculum can essentially be sorted into three categories:

  1. Self-management (intrapersonal) objectives
  2. Collaborative (interpersonal) objectives
  3. Discipline based-art objectives

These three categories are interdependent, but much is gained from teaching them specifically and in a sequence that builds understanding and competence.

National Core Arts Standards

The curriculum objectives are aligned with the United States National Standards, and a chart is included in the objectives so that you can see that alignment.  Many states and nations have other standards.  You are encouraged to look at your state’s or nation’s drama standards and see what lessons you might omit or determine some you might need to create so that all standards are covered adequately.

Curriculum Lesson Sequence

The lessons referenced in the sequence are put in a recommended delivery order, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  Tying it all together is a year-long planning guide [“Fourth Grade Lessons”] to map a school year of drama teaching based on the lessons in this guide.  This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you select the lessons for your classroom.  NOTE: this sequence is for classes with PRIOR drama instruction.

These specific grade level lessons are all you will need to cover the drama knowledge and skills, and connect drama to your classroom teaching.  For classes without prior experience, begin with our foundational Introductory Lessons.  If teachers, in grades that precede yours, are already teaching drama, you don’t need to teach those foundational lessons, just begin with this new set of lessons.

Exploratory or Essential Question

The main lesson is written with as much detail as possible for ease of implementation. Each lesson has a sample exploratory or essential question that drives the instruction.  What is the difference?  An exploratory question is something that has a definitive answer and will not take years of study to understand it or uncover all of the meanings.  An essential question is connected to more enduring understandings and will, perhaps, take years to uncover and understand entirely. Essential questions are tied to even bigger ideas.

Student-Centered Approach

In my work and in these lessons, I am always moving students through a gradual release process, from me modeling or guiding the drama to them independently creating stories. I have tried to make this distinction in the lesson steps.  When the teacher is in the lead, the lesson step begins with a verb (e.g., model, explain, lead, have students). When students are in the lead or working independently, the lesson step describes their work (e.g., students brainstorm, groups plan and practice).


 

3rd Grade Lessons

Recommended Lesson Sequence for Third Grade 

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The lessons suggested for our Third Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama teaching based on the lessons in this guide.  This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you select the lessons for your classroom.
NOTE: this sequence is for classes with PRIOR drama instruction.  For classes without prior experience, begin with our foundational Introductory Lessons.  If teachers, in grades that precede yours, are already teaching drama, you don’t need to teach those foundational lessons, just begin with this new set of lessons.
TIMELINESUGGESTED LESSON SEQUENCEOBJECTIVES ADDRESSED
September1.   Stick, Chair, Person: Three Drama Skill Words1
2.   Pirate’s Treasure: Practicing Basic Skills1
October3.   Rodeo Stars: The Three P’s2
4.   Vision Quest: Body Objects Review1
November5.   The Museum: Working with Setting3
6.   Team Machines: Collaborating with a Prop1-3
December7.   Communities1
8.   Emotion Stories4
January9.   Adaptation of Living Things5
10. Scarf Tale: Story Elements3, 5
February11. The Three Sillies: Using Narration6
March12. The Fire (Day 1)7,8
13. The Fire (Day 2)7-9
14. Little Breeze – Great Storm: Building Schema8, 10
April15. The First Woodpecker: Life Drama (Day 1)10
16. The First Woodpecker: Transformation (Day 2)10
May17. Ferdinand: Fantasy & Real Life10
18. Using Drama in Careers11
JunePaper & Pencil ASSESSMENT
Formal Performance ASSESSMENT
Additional Rubrics

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3rd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Third Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for eight- to nine-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for members) contains objectives used in our Third Grade Curriculum in ...
Read More
3rd Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Third Grade  The lessons suggested for our Third Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama ...
Read More
3rd Grade Rubrics & Assessments
Third Grade Drama RubricThird Grade Knowledge AssessmentDrama Self-ReflectionDrama JournalMeasuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the school year to assess ...
Read More
3rd Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Third Grade  This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional ...
Read More

3rd Grade Vocabulary

Vocabulary for the Third Grade 

$4.00Add to cart

This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional meanings or meanings in other contexts.  This vocabulary list strives only to define the words as they relate to drama. This vocabulary is part of our Third Grade Curriculum.

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3rd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Third Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for eight- to nine-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for members) contains objectives used in our Third Grade Curriculum in ...
Read More
3rd Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Third Grade  The lessons suggested for our Third Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama ...
Read More
3rd Grade Rubrics & Assessments
Third Grade Drama RubricThird Grade Knowledge AssessmentDrama Self-ReflectionDrama JournalMeasuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the school year to assess ...
Read More
3rd Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Third Grade  This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional ...
Read More

3rd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards

Third Grade Drama Objectives 

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Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards

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These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for eight- to nine-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for members) contains objectives used in our Third Grade Curriculum in a handy printout for reference​.  We have aligned the objectives with the United States National Standards as shown in the second PDF. Additionally, we have mapped the National Core Arts Standards to grade-appropriate theater standards in a handy reference document for each grade level.  Use this reference if you are customizing your curriculum.
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3rd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Third Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for eight- to nine-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for members) contains objectives used in our Third Grade Curriculum in ...
Read More
3rd Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Third Grade  The lessons suggested for our Third Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama ...
Read More
3rd Grade Rubrics & Assessments
Third Grade Drama RubricThird Grade Knowledge AssessmentDrama Self-ReflectionDrama JournalMeasuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the school year to assess ...
Read More
3rd Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Third Grade  This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional ...
Read More

Third Grade Drama Curriculum

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3rd Grade Drama Objectives & Standards
Third Grade Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for eight- to nine-year-old students.   This first PDF download above (appears below for members) contains objectives used in our Third Grade Curriculum in …
Read More
3rd Grade Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Third Grade  The lessons suggested for our Third Grade Curriculum are put in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama …
Read More
3rd Grade Rubrics & Assessments
Third Grade Drama RubricThird Grade Knowledge AssessmentDrama Self-ReflectionDrama JournalMeasuring student achievement in drama requires a combination of written and performance-based assessment.  On this page, there are a variety of tools (PDF downloads) for use throughout the school year to assess …
Read More
3rd Grade Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the Third Grade  This PDF document contains definitions in student language for the vocabulary words listed in each lesson.  These classroom-tested definitions are used when introducing these concepts in the classroom.  Of course, many of the words here may have additional …
Read More


About this Curriculum Guide for Third Grade Students

Each of these lessons has been tested in the classroom and taught successfully for many years.  These lessons are intended as an extension to the foundational Introductory Lessons which have the background and methodology needed to implement drama and a foundation to kick off your drama work.  Like any academic area, Drama has a scope and sequence of learning (knowledge and skills). This body of lessons is developed to cover essential learning in the art form for eight- to nine-year-old students.

The objectives in this Drama Curriculum can essentially be sorted into three categories:

  1. Self-management (intrapersonal) objectives
  2. Collaborative (interpersonal) objectives
  3. Discipline based-art objectives

These three categories are interdependent, but much is gained from teaching them specifically and in a sequence that builds understanding and competence.

National Core Arts Standards

The curriculum objectives are aligned with the United States National Standards, and a chart is included in the objectives so that you can see that alignment.  Many states and nations have other standards.  You are encouraged to look at your state’s or nation’s drama standards and see what lessons you might omit or determine some you might need to create so that all standards are covered adequately.

Curriculum Lesson Sequence

The lessons referenced in the sequence are put in a recommended delivery order, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  Tying it all together is a year-long planning guide [“Third Grade Lessons”] to map a school year of drama teaching based on the lessons in this guide.  This sequence is not a mandate; rather, it is intended to provide you with assistance as you select the lessons for your classroom.  NOTE: this sequence is for classes with PRIOR drama instruction.

These specific grade level lessons are all you will need to cover the drama knowledge and skills, and connect drama to your classroom teaching.  For classes without prior experience, begin with our foundational Introductory Lessons.  If teachers, in grades that precede yours, are already teaching drama, you don’t need to teach those foundational lessons, just begin with this new set of lessons.

Exploratory or Essential Question

The main lesson is written with as much detail as possible for ease of implementation. Each lesson has a sample exploratory or essential question that drives the instruction.  What is the difference?  An exploratory question is something that has a definitive answer and will not take years of study to understand it or uncover all of the meanings.  An essential question is connected to more enduring understandings and will, perhaps, take years to uncover and understand entirely. Essential questions are tied to even bigger ideas.

Student-Centered Approach

In my work and in these lessons, I am always moving students through a gradual release process, from me modeling or guiding the drama to them independently creating stories. I have tried to make this distinction in the lesson steps.  When the teacher is in the lead, the lesson step begins with a verb (e.g., model, explain, lead, have students). When students are in the lead or working independently, the lesson step describes their work (e.g., students brainstorm, groups plan and practice).