|Subjects:||Literacy & Science|
|Grade:||2nd Grade & 3rd Grade|
Students tamper with the laws of nature as they portray beloved folktales and fairy tales in altered gravity. Objects and characters may become heavier, lighter, or float away. How will the story change when Jack is too heavy to climb the beanstalk, or when the brick house floats away? Would the gingerbread man be able to escape if Earth’s gravity was similar to the moon’s? Your students’ hilarious (but scientifically accurate) shenanigans would impress Sir Isaac Newton and Mother Goose alike!
K-2 INTEGRATED CORE STANDARD 1, OBJECTIVE 3A:
Express personal experiences and imagination through dance, storytelling, music, and visual art.
2ND GRADE UEN 1997 THEATER STANDARD 1, OBJECTIVE 3A:
Plan and dramatize a new complication added to a familiar story.
Plan and dramatize a new complication that leads to an alternative ending.
3RD GRADE UEN 2010 THEATER STANDARD 1, OBJECTIVE 3A:
Create and improvise a new ending to a familiar story.
2ND GRADE SCIENCE STANDARD 3, OBJECTIVE 1:
Communicate observations about falling objects.
2ND GRADE CCSS.ELA-LITERACY. RL.2.2
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and
determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
2ND GRADE CCSS.ELA-LITERACY. RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
3RD GRADE SCIENCE STANDARD 4, OBJECTIVE 2:
Describe the effects of gravity on the motion of an object.
3RD GRADE CCSS.ELA-LITERACY. RL.3.2
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures…
Students will act out scenes depicting what would happen if the gravity were different in familiar fables and folktales.
(5 minutes) This call-and-response chant will help your students get into the idea of taking something familiar and adding a twist. The teacher calls out each line, and the students repeat it.
I said a boom-chicka-boom!
I said a boom-chicka-boom!
I said a boom-chicka-rocka-chicka-rocka-chicka-boom!
One more time!
Repeat using different “styles”:
(5 minutes) Briefly help the students retell these fables and folktales. If students are unfamiliar, give a brief synopsis.
(15 minutes) Place students in groups of 7 or 8. Each group gets a mini-script. (4 students in each group will have lines; 3 or 4 students may be houses, chairs, bowls of porridge, cow, beanstalk, oven, river, etc.) Groups have 5 minutes to practice their scene. Groups will perform using normal gravity.
(15 minutes) Then, explain the twist. Hand out a gravity card to each group that describes the change in gravity. Students must change the scene based on the change in gravity. Cards may indicate increased gravity, decreased gravity, or no gravity at all! Students have 5 minutes to practice, then groups will perform their altered-gravity scenes.
(5 minutes) Discuss with the class: what was different between Performance 1 and Performance 2? Did the ending of the story change? Have students share something they perceived or noticed during the performances.