Author: April Thomas
Year: 2022
Artform: Theatre
Subjects: Science
Grade: 5th Grade
Duration: 1 Session

Explore rain forests, coral reefs, tropical islands and volcanoes through role play.


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Standards & Objectives

Fine Art Standards
Integrated Standards


I can explore various situations through participating in role-plays.


I can describe the interaction between the Earth’s Geo-sphere and Biosphere

Teaching and Timeline


Warm Up:

Islands of Adventure:

  • Like musical chairs but with pieces of paper on the floor that represent islands.
  • Place sheets of newspaper around the playing area. They should not be touching and there should be enough space to walk around them. Put out one less sheet than you have students playing.
  • Explain to the group that they are going for a swim in the ocean, and the newspapers are tiny islands. The only problem is, sometimes there are sharks in the ocean!
  • Whenever you shout “Sharks!” each player must step onto the closest island. You are allowed more than one person per piece of paper. A person is on an “island” if no part of their body is touching the surrounding floor.
  • After everyone is safely, completely on a sheet, ask the group to move around the room again. As they do this, remove one (or more) sheet(s) and repeat the process.
  • End the game when the whole group has successfully placed themselves on the remaining pieces of newspaper . . . or when they have collapsed trying!


Read Aloud:

When the Giant Stirred: Legend of a Volcanic Island by Celia Godkin

Work Period


Tropical Rainforest:



Coral Reef:


Sensory Visualization:

Tropical Island:

*** Extension- Have the students write a sensory poem about their island

My Island Looks like ___________

It smells like _________________

It tastes like __________________

It sounds like _________________

My island feels like ____________


Thought Tracking:

Volcano Tableau:


Decision Alley:

To leave or not to leave:


Hot Seat:

Interviewing a Volcano:



Compare and Contrast:

Divide the class into two groups. One group will be creating a tableau of the island BEFORE the eruption and one group will be creating a tableau of the volcano AFTER the eruption.

  • Soundscape
  • Pantomime
  • Tableau
  • Crust
  • Core
  • Mantle
  • Magma
  • Lava
  • Biosphere
  • Geo-sphere

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