The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Drama Exploration
Lesson: 2 of 3
Duration: ~ 45 mins
Lesson Aim(s): To explore the text through drama, focusing on movement and mime.
DRAS1.1 Takes on roles in drama to explore familiar and imagined situations
DRAS1.2 …Expresses feelings by using the elements of drama
|Lesson Indicators: |
· Adjusts movement to reflect imagined context.
· Uses gesture and facial expression to convey mood.
· Works cooperatively to form a group movement.
· Experiments with movement in new contexts.
· Reflects upon drama creation.
Teacher reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the students to refresh their memories about the story.
Establish class agreement for behaviour during drama including safe movement and signals for moving in and out of role.
- walking along a street
- trudging through mud, then crawling
- floating like a leaf in the wind
- carrying something really heavy.
Guide students through the story asking students to use only their bodies and faces to show the changes:Start as an egg on the leaf.
Slowly release different body parts to begin moving around the room as a caterpillar. Bask in the warm sun.
Feeling really hungry, eat some food.
Still hungry taste a bit more.
Eat lots of food and you feel sick.
Eat a nice fresh green leaf.
Assign each student a number. As a group, form the cocoon. Gradually move apart.
Become individual butterflies. Fly smoothly through the air. Sip some nectar from a flower. It gets windy and you struggle to fly against the wind. It starts to rain and it’s hard to fly as your wings get wet. Find a branch to rest on. Go to sleep.
Students complete a short reflection by drawing a picture and writing a caption to explain how one part of the story was performed using drama.