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K-2 Puppetry

found in: arts; preK-2

The Center for Learning in the Arts and Sciences’ K-2 Puppetry units are an opportunity for young students to practice theater and to develop literacy and social skills. The Center offers three units and an article from the Journal for Learning through the Arts that describes arts integration in an urban elementary school.

Jabuti Puppetry Unit  ( PDF, 2.6 MB, 42 pgs.) is an eight-session unit based on Gerald McDermott’s picture book Jabutí the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon. The unit packet includes lesson plans with standards for each session, puppet making instructions, and appendices covering puppet history and types, folk puppets, glossary of puppetry terms, flying bird pattern, two-tier stage design, and a sample script with stage directions. In Lesson One: Trickster Tales and Types of Puppets (pp. 5-7) students identify scene, main characters, plot, and conflict in familiar stories and five types of puppets and where they originated. The remaining lessons cover characters, plot, props, and stage directions; blocking and action/reaction; script and narration; simple puppet making; picking parts and walk through; run-through rehearsal; and dress rehearsal and performance.

Two additional units are based on the Three Billy Goats Gruff (9 lessons) and Eric Carle’s picture book The Very Busy Spider (8 lessons).

K-2 teachers can investigate other teaching resources in theater and dance by clicking their grade level in the navigation bar.


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