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Puppets pop up through the floor of this circus theater created from a recycled box. Act out Peter Spier's Circus! or any favorite book!
Conduct a read aloud of Circus! by Peter Spier or another book that you and the students find appealing. What animals and people do you see in a circus? Clowns? Elephants? Jugglers? What does the tent or arena look like? Use Crayola® Dry-Erase Markers and a class white board to have students make a list of details such as the book's setting and circus performers.
Organize students into small groups. Student groups will collaborate to make a puppet stage and puppets to retell the story. Beginning wiith Crayola Scissors, students cut off all flaps on a recycled box to make a puppet theater.
Next, students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Washable Tempera to paint the theater. Air dry.
Use Crayola Washable Markers, Construction Paper Crayons, and Glitter Glue to decorate the box so that it looks like the setting of a circus. Students may want to use construction paper or decorative craft supplies, too. Air dry.
On poster board, students draw and color the main characters and animals from the story. Cut out the puppets. Glue each one to the top of a craft stick with Crayola School Glue. Air dry flat.
Students cut slits in the bottom of the theater so the characters can pop up through the floor. Insert the puppets as they appear. It's time for the show! Have adult assistance available for cutting, if needed.
Ask each group of students to compose a short play for their characters. Provide time in the school day for groups to perform for classmates.
If you could have an animal body, what creature would you be? Why? Invite students to draw their dream animal and then s
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