Curricular Area: Visual and Performing Arts
Grade Level: K-2
Overview: This lesson explores world cultures through
their puppetry. Your students learn about puppets that are used in various cultures
and create their own. The Internet experiences in this lesson are designed to
be teacher-directed whole class experiences. A computer hooked to a TV or other
presentation system is recommended.
Goals: (from the Visual and Performing Arts Framework,
California Department of Education, 1989)
- Artistic Perception: develop an appreciation for imagination
- Creative Expression: develop theatre skills through exploration,
reflection, direct personal involvement; understand the structure and language
- Historical and Cultural Context: explore the time and culture
captured in theatrical works
- Aesthetic Valuing: extend vocabulary with which students
can express the feelings, thoughts, and ideas elicited by theatrical experiences;
reflect on, analyze, and evaluate their own work
History-Social Science Content Standards
1.4 Students compare and contrast everyday life in different times and places
around the world and recognize that some aspects of people, places, and things
change over time while others stay the same.
3. Recognize similarities and differences of earlier generations in such areas
as work (inside and outside the home), dress, manners, stories, games, and festivals,
drawing from biographies, oral histories, and folklore.
Prerequisite Learning: none
Length of Lesson: 2-3 weeks
- various craft supplies
- sample puppets
- butcher paper for posting student responses
- Animal Puppets by Kathleen Morgan, Joe Moore,
and Joy Evans
- Happy Hands and Feet by Cindy Mitchell
- Totline Books by Jean Warren (Puppets 1, 2 and
- Monkey Mitt Rhymes - Rhymes for Finger Puppets
by Wizard of AHHS Inc.
- Hand Rhymes by Marc Brown
- Bag Puppets by Joy Evans
- Create a bulletin board to display information and student
work during the project. Divide the bulletin board into three sections, one
for each culture. For each section include student responses that are charted
during the activity, pictures of the puppets, and student work.
- To print images from web pages using Netscape Navigator,
hold your mouse button (or right mouse button) down on the desired image.
A menu will pop up. Select "View this Image" or "Open this
Image". You will then see the image on a page alone at which point you
can click print and the image only will be printed. Click the back button
to return to the original page.