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Lesson Plans


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Mon, 23 Feb 1998 21:00:29 -0500 (EST)

Rachel, Puppetry belongs as much in art as it might in music or in any
classroom. I started using puppets when I taught in a middle school with a
drama program. Since moving to elementary, I've continued to offer units on
puppetry that often relate to classroom study. For example, our first graders
are learning about shadows, so we make shadow puppets and perform stories
from books. I no longer have elementary students script their puppet shows
during my class time - it's takes too long. We either do improvisations or
the writing happens back in the classroom under their teacher's direction. My
main interest is that they create a character and then make that character
come alive! With puppets, performance is more important than the making. Good

Diane Jaquith
Burr School
Newton, MA