Grades 3-5

Content Areas: Science and Theater

In today’s free arts integration lesson, we’re taking a look at metamorphosis and transformations.  Many students cover the idea of metamorphosis in grades K-2 by studying butterflies – how they transform from caterpillar to butterfly.  But when you look at the new Next Generation Science Standards in more detail, the idea of true identification, observation and description of the life cycle tracking doesn’t actually happen during or until third grade.

One of the interesting things about students in grades 3-5 who are working on the life cycle tracking is the way they tend to “feel” for the animal.  It’s as though they can characterize exactly what each stage means.  Ask a third grader about the process of a tadpole dropping its tale and many of them will say either “ouch” or “yes!” as if they are finally free of something themselves.

That’s why the drama process of Thought Tracking is so helpful during the kind of lesson.  By identifying the stages of transformation for an animal and the like, and then acting out what the animal is thinking or feeling during each stage of the transformation, they are making a natural connection to how the life cycle tracking internally feels as a part of their thought process.

In today’s lesson we’re pairing the identification and classification of the frog life cycle tracking with this drama process of thought tracking to create a performance piece of the stages of frog development.  I can’t wait to hear what happens in your classroom when you try this!  Be sure to come back and leave a comment when you do.

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