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How the Kangaroo Got Its Pouch

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Subjects

  • Arts & Humanities

Grades

  • 3-5
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Brief Description

Students create and perform a play based on an adaptation of an Australian legend about the kangaroo.

Objectives

Students
  • define the words legend and wombat .
  • discuss prior knowledge about kangaroos.
  • read and discuss a legend.
  • write and perform a play based on a legend.

Keywords

Australia, legend, kangaroo, pouch, play, drama

Materials Needed[shopmaterials]

Lesson Plan

  • Discuss the meaning of the word legend . Ask students what they know about kangaroos. List their responses on the board.
  • Show students a picture of a wombat from a library source or printed from the site noted above.
  • Distribute the printouts of the legend "Kangaroo Gets a Pouch." Tell students that they are going to read a legend from Australia about the kangaroo and its pouch.
  • Students and teacher take turns reading the legend aloud. Stop after a few paragraphs to discuss what was read in each section.
  • After reading the story, have students brainstorm how they might turn the story into a play. Brainstorm ideas for a narrator, characters, dialogue, costumes, and scenery. Have the whole class work together on the project, culminating with a classroom performance attended by students from other classes and parents.

Assessment

Evaluate students' reading, comprehension, speaking skills, and abilities to work together as a group.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts:
NL-ENG.K-12.1
NL-ENG.K-12.3
NL-ENG.K-12.4
NL-ENG.K-12.5
NL-ENG.K-12.6
NL-ENG.K-12.9

Theatre:
NA-T.K-4.1
NA-T.5-8.1
NA-T.K-4.2
NA-T.5-8.2
NA-T.K-4.3
NA-T.5-8.3
NA-T.K-4.4
NA-T.5-8.4


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