Gingerbread Man Meets the Musubi Man

Gingerbread Man Meets the Musubi Man

Students compare versions of a folk tale from two different cultures, performing one version as a Reader’s Theatre play. They explore the cultural elements in stories, learning that our cultural practices here in Hawaii are both similar and different from those in other places. In drama, students learn basic drama terminology and build a repertoire of basic drama activities that provide a foundation for later drama experience. In visual art, students create two- and three-dimensional artwork to use for the Readers’ Theatre set. In Language Arts, they learn to use oral expression, identify characters and setting, and how to write a letter.

Grade 1
Content Area Social Studies
Key Benchmark SS 1.6.1: Describe ways in which cultural beliefs and practices are expressed through stories

LA 1.3.1: Identify the basic story elements of character and setting
Art Form Drama
Art Benchmark FA 1.3.1: Recognize theatrical vocabulary
School Year 2005-2006
Artist Kelsey Rothrock (Drama), Anita Broennimann (Visual Art)
Unit Plan
Comments

GLO #4 Quality Producer
Assessment Observation (Drama, GLO); Work Sample (Art, Social Studies, Language Arts); Questioning (Language Arts) See PDF File for details.:



Lesson Plans


LP 0 - Notes on the lesson plans

Key to roles: (T) = Classroom teacher conducting the lesson (D) = Actor conducting the lesson (V) = Visual artist conducting the lesson NOTE: Not all 1st graders are reading well enough to work from a script. Some students can participate by performing motions, doing sound effects, or being part of a tableau to accompany sections of the story.

LP 01 Introduction to Unit (T)/Introduction to Theatre (D)

Discussion, “What is Culture?” Introductory theatre games and establishing of rules and procedures for theatre activities.

LP 02 The Gingerbread Man (D)

How characters and setting reflect culture. Discussion of the basic plot.

LP 03 The Musubi Man (D)

Discuss the cultural aspects of the characters, setting, and plot.

LP 04 Comparing the Stories (T)

During Language Arts time, review both stories and compare and contrast the cultural aspects of the characters, setting, and plot. Students draw two pictures, one showing things they would include in a set for The Gingerbread Man and one showing things they would include in a set for The Musubi Man.

LP 05 Readers’ Theatre: “The Musubi Man” (D)

First reading of the script; discussion of ensemble reading and of using one’s voice expressively.

LP 06 Family Cultural Practices (T)

Class discussion of cultural practices students share with their families.

LP 07 Making the Backdrop (V)

Students discuss with the artist how a painted backdrop could reflect the setting for The Musubi Man. They are introduced to the term “two-dimensional art.” Two groups take turns painting parts of the backdrop and doing a PE activity.

LP 08/09 Reader’s Theatre Practice (D)

Practice reading the script, focusing on expressive reading.

LP 10 Making the Props (V)

Students work with the artist to make simple props as part of the set for The Musubi Man. They are introduced to the term “three-dimensional art.” Groups work on particular props.

LP 11 Finishing the Props (V)

Students work with the artist to finish making the props. They discuss the difference between two- and three-dimensional art and take some time to consider and discuss the work they’ve done.

LP 12 Rehearsing the Performance (D)

Final rehearsal. Videotape and discuss if possible.

LP 13 Performance (D)

Performance (for another class) followed by discussion of what we have learned, what we did well.

LP 14 Letters to the Artists (T)

Writer’s Workshop session in which students write letters to the actor and/or visual artist telling what they learned from the project.



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Lesson 1: Introduction to Theater
Lesson 1: Introduction to Theater
The Gingerbread Man (D)
The Musubi Man (D)
Readers' Theatre: "The Musubi Man" (D)
Lesson 7 - Making the Backdrop
Lesson 7 - Making the Backdrop
Lesson 7 - Making the Backdrop
Lesson 10 - Making the Props
Lesson 10 - Making the Props
Lesson 11 - Finishing the Props
Lesson 11 - Finishing the Props
Rehearsing the performance (D)
Performance (D)