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Short Story Stick-Puppet Stars

Short stories come to life with captivating puppets—and engage students from start to finish. Script writing and puppet making capture imaginations!

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Students brainstorm, write, edit, and prepare a final draft of a short story with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Just erase if you change your mind or to make corrections. Sketch the main character before you start making a puppet for it.
    2. Using Crayola Model Magic® compound, students sculpt their characters on a recycled CD or DVD as a base. Remind students that they can mix colors to create new hues or to make swirls or a marbled effect. Use multiple layers of various shapes and colors. Flatten large sections, make thin rolls, or cut ribbons—whatever you need for the look that your puppet requires. Model Magic compound sticks to itself and to most surfaces! Model Magic® dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 to 3 days.
    3. Attach a craft stick to the back of the recycled CD or DVD with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue.
    4. Students add details and more decoration to characters with Crayola Glitter Glue and felt cut-outs. Encourage students to be as creative as possible. Air-dry the glue.
    5. Let the puppet shows begin!
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    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: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

    LA: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.

    VA: Select media, techniques, an processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of choices.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Encourage students to create additional puppets for other characters in the original stories. Use recycled materials to make stage sets for a full presentation to an audience of younger children and/or families.

    Challenge students to write a series of stories about their main characters. Consider having students performing these in one-act plays.

    Ask students to write a one-paragraph summary of their stories. Post these with the display of original puppets.

    Encourage students to collaborate with the school's music teacher to compose a song about the puppets they created. Students should be prepared to perform the song to classmates.


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