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Students write original plays based on supernatural explanations of existence. In this cultural creation myths lesson, students listen to five different stories about supernatural creation. Students record similarities and differences in these stories. Students write a 300 word essay about the basic elements in these stories and then work in groups to write a play and perform it.
Students demonstrate their knowledge of panthers by writing a play on the subject. In this animal life lesson, students view a slide-show on school computers of a veterinary exam of a panther. Students utilize this scenario to write a play about it, later performing the play in front of their class.
Take some time to write multiple play scripts in your class. The first script is entirely collaborative. The class decides on characters and a first line, individuals choose a second line of dialogue and then pass their notebooks around in a circle, adding a line to each script that passes through. The second script is individual and the third is completed in small groups and related to the natural world. Playwrights can perform one, two, or three different plays over the course of two days!
Third graders investigate the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. They experiment with various tools to simulate the mouth parts of insects, conduct research, record their observations of butterflies hatching, write a play, complete various worksheets, and take a pre and post test.
Young scholars examine seven different African-American artists. In groups, they use the internet to identify their contribution and techniques to the art world and examine the time period in which the artwork was produced. To end the lesson, they use the knowledge they have gathered to write a play or story.
Middle schoolers build a model steamboat. They research the role of steamboats in trade, communications, and economic development in the Lower Rio Grande region. They research the technology of steam and how it was applied to navigation. They write a play about life aboard steamboats and perform for the school. Students visit historical sites related to this study. This is the 11th in a series of lessons.
Make critical and creative thinkers out of your class, with an archeology-based project they'll love. They start the activity by first researching what archeologists do, then they generate a list of the qualities archeologists need to be successful. In small groups, they research an ancient time or place and choose five artifacts from the chosen era and determine how they could use context clues to determine the artifacts' purpose and age. Each group writes a play depicting archeologists at work in the field and in the lab.
Use a Courbet painting of a cave or tunnel opening to reinforce the importance of descriptive writing. Writers of all ages use sensory details to describe what the scene depicts as they pretend to be in the painting. Then they imagine going into Courbet's cave. Afterward, they use sensory language to write about and illustrate a place that is special to them, just as this space was special to Courbet.
Fourth graders engage in a series of lessons on ancient China, and the contributions that civilization made that are still being used today. This cross-curicullar unit of study engages learners in tasks that should lead to a new understanding and appreciation of this amazing culture. Fantastic streamed video, worksheets, in-class activities, assessments, and extension activities are all embedded in these fine plans.
Everything a bee does serves a purpose. Learners in grades one through five explore the behaviors of bees through reading and dramatic puppet play. First children will create honey bee puppets, then they will discuss how bees dance to communicate, finally they will read about bees and use the information to write scripts for their puppets to star in. Note: While the standards and content are written for learners in grades four and five, they really are more suitable for grades one through three.