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Drama in Kindergarten: Exploring Emotions through Puppetry

Title: Drama in Kindergarten: Exploring Emotions through Puppetry

Compliance Standard: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Speaking and Listening

Subject: Drama

Summary: This kindergarten drama lesson focuses on helping students explore and express emotions through puppetry, enhancing their speaking and listening skills.

Topic: Exploring Emotions through Puppetry

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know different emotions and how they can be expressed
  • Understand the concept of empathy and its importance
  • Create and perform short puppet shows to express emotions
  • Develop speaking and listening skills through dramatic play


This lesson will be conducted through a combination of whole group discussions, small group activities, and hands-on puppetry performances.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Puppet-making materials (e.g., socks, paper bags, craft sticks, markers, yarn, glue)
  • Emotion cards (with pictures or words representing different emotions)
  • Open space for puppet performances


Step 1: Introduction (10 minutes)

Begin the lesson by gathering the students in a circle and introducing the concept of emotions. Show them emotion cards and ask if they can identify the emotions depicted. Discuss how different emotions can be expressed through facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice.

Step 2: Puppet-making (20 minutes)

Divide the students into small groups and provide each group with puppet-making materials. Instruct them to create puppets that represent different emotions. Encourage creativity and imagination.

Step 3: Puppet Performances (15 minutes)

Once the puppets are ready, gather the students in an open space and allow each group to perform a short puppet show. Remind them to focus on expressing the assigned emotion through their puppets' movements, voices, and interactions.

Step 4: Reflection and Discussion (10 minutes)

After each performance, engage the students in a discussion about the emotions portrayed and how they felt while watching the puppet shows. Encourage them to share their thoughts and empathize with the characters.

Step 5: Extension Activity (optional)

If time permits, have the students work individually or in pairs to create their own puppet shows at home. They can use the emotion cards as prompts or come up with their own storylines.


Assess the students' understanding and participation through the following:

  • Observation during puppet-making and performances
  • Participation in whole group discussions
  • Reflection and sharing of thoughts during the discussion

Provide feedback and praise for their creativity, expression of emotions, and active engagement in the activities.

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Speaking and Listening

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