Curtain Time!

Curtain Time! lesson plan

Ready to brighten up your next puppet show? Make new stage curtains! These easy-to-make curtains can highlight any story theme. Listen for the applause!

  • 1.

    Choose and measure the puppet stage. Students can use a ready-made puppet theater or build their own with cardboard, chairs, a table, or a desk.

  • 2.

    Cut the fabric. Find white or light-colored fabric (a recycled sheet works well). Make sure the fabric is long enough to extend past the opening of the stage. Leave enough fabric at the top to wrap it around the wooden dowel, rope, clothesline, or other curtain rod. The fabric should be about twice as wide as the stage so you can gather it closed. Cut the fabric with Crayola® Scissors.

  • 3.

    Decorate the curtain. Students decide on a design and colors. Pick a theme that fits the next show (such as a bridge for The Three Billy Goats Gruff), or one that will work with several productions (such as a forest or landscape). Choose bright colors. Plan for a left and right side of the curtain.

  • 4.

    Place the fabric on white paper. Draw a design using Crayola Fabric Markers on the fabric. Air-dry the curtain overnight.

  • 5.

    Draw a straight line down the middle of the curtain. Use scissors to cut the fabric down the middle.

  • 6.

    Hang the curtain. Loop the fabric over the dowel (or other curtain rod) to form a hem. Attach the fabric to itself with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue.

  • 7.

    Students write the script, make the puppets, and decorate the sets. Present the puppet show to the class, family and friends.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas.

Adaptations

  • In small groups, students read and discuss a grade level novel. Students collaborate to write an original script for a puppet show that alters the outcome of the book. Students present their puppet show to classmates.
  • Investigate a scientific discovery that has had a significant impact on your life or that of your parents. Student groups write an original play which documents a scientific discovery and shares the impact on daily life. Organize a time when the class can present these plays to a younger group of students.
  • Students create background sets for their stages. Paint or draw scenery for each change of scene.
  • Students can be encouraged to design decorative floor pillows, creating comfy reading spots.