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Move and Shake Mask

A festive and fun kick-off activity made using Crayola® Washable Markers and lots of bling before starting a more serious study into the use of masks through history and culture.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Organize students into small groups and ask them to collaborate in composing a short play with a specific message for classmates, focused on such topics as recycling, volunteerism, etc. Once writing is complete, provide students with materials to use in creating masks to “wear” while performing their play characters. These masks should enhance the persuasive message of the play.
    2. You may pre-cut mask bases with eye holes from heavy paper. Have the students create wild and colorful designs on white paper with Crayola® Washable Markers. Then ask the students to cut the paper into a variety of small shapes using Crayola® Pointed-Tip Scissors. Attach these pieces to mask base with Crayola® Glue Sticks (leaving the eye holes clear) to give the mask textured dimension as well as color vibrancy.
    3. Supply students with wooden dowels or make mask sticks by tightly rolling paper and gluing rolled tube with Crayola® No-Run School Glue. Glue both the dowel and paper roll with colorful tissue paper to cover. Secure the rod to the back of mask and let it air dry.
    4. Embellish the masks with collage elements such as ribbons, beads and sequins. Remind students to decorate their masks with movement in mind, adding items that will flow and respond to the shaking of the masks.
    5. Provide time in the school day for student groups to practice their plays and perform for classmates as well as other grade levels.
    6. Ask audience members to rate the effectiveness of team messages, citing specific terms in presentations or roles played by masked team members that were memorable. What aspects of the presentation persuaded classmates to follow the message?
  • Standards

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    LA: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

    SS: Analyze a particular event to identify reasons individuals might respond to it in different ways.

    SS: Work independently and cooperatively to accomplish goals.

    VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

    VA: Students will demonstrate that art communicates meaning through sharing their work and the work of others.

    VA: Students experience, analyze and interpret art and other aspects of the visual world.

  • Adaptations

    Ask each student group to pick a piece of music that goes along with their masks. It may be any type from classical to rap. Present a runway show featuring the masks and their music.

    Paper plates may be used as mask base though plates may need to be doubled to support front decorations.

    Enjoy watching movies that feature masks such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Star Wars,” or “The Mask”. Conduct a survey of the scariest masks in movie history.


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  • Creativity.
  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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