Lesson: Successful Pancakes
Authors: Michael Avila & Becca Cardon
TH: Cr3.1.1.bIdentify similarities and differences in sounds and movements in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama)
TH: Pr4.1.1.bUse body, face, gestures, and voice to communicate character traits and emotions in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).
Learning Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of communicating emotions and pantomime by discussing their “Successful Pancakes” experience.
Essential Questions: How can you use your body and voice differently? How can you communicate your emotions in different ways?
Materials: “Successful Pancakes” by Charles Wilkins
Hook: Making the Batter – Tell students that they will all be assisting in making pancake batter.
Once the batter is made, tell the students that we’re going to learn how to make the “best” pancakes. Because, “there’s a trick to making pancakes…”
Read through the poem ‘Successful Pancakes’ one time
Have students find their own space
Poem 2nd time
SUCCESSFUL PANCAKES by Charles Wilkins
There’s a trick to making pancakes
that everyone should know.
The trick is this, to flatten them
as flat as they will go.
Hit ’em with a dictionary,
Hit ’em with a ski.
Hit ’em with an elephant,
Hit ’em with a tree.
. . . .Till they’re
flatter than a splisher,
flatter than a splat
flatter than a pancake
flat, flat, FLAT.
Throw ’em in the frying pan.
Flip ’em on their backs.
Cook ’em till you think they’re done
and throw ’em down the hatch.
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