Step 1: Read the story “The Lion and the Mouse”. Do not alter your voice to indicate different characters as you read. Direct the students to engage their actor’s tool of imagination as you read to imagine what each character’s voice would sound like including the pitch.
Step 2: In pairs have the students talk to one another as lions and then as mice. Have them discuss their vocal choices explaining why they chose that pitch for that character to their partners. Have the class discuss reasons for the most likely choice of a low pitch for lion and a high pitch for mouse. You may wish to include body shape and size to reflect character as well and explain why a larger animal might have a lower-pitched voice than that of a smaller animal.
Step 3: Keep students in these pairs. Have one student in each pair play the lion and the other play the mouse. Try dramatizing this story as a class with the teacher narrating and prompting lines and students repeating lines with appropriate voice and movements/body