Description of the Unit – Students will conceptualize, design and build props and set pieces for their end-of-year performance. This unit can help anyone who has some kind of event or play to put on and is looking at how students can take full control of the process.
Activity statement – Ah, who knows when we might ever be able to put on school performances again, given our current situation during this pandemic to limit gatherings. If you’re reading this far into the future, I hope this limitation is a thing of the past!
This unit gives students complete ownership over the design and creation of the props and set pieces needed for our school’s annual 5th grade musical performance. It is an opportunity for students to challenge their imagination, resourcefulness and ingenuity. Given that they work in groups, it is also a perfect opportunity to practice skills such as negotiation, delegating and compromise.
Goals – Students should…
- The vision developed by the class for the performance
- What props and scenery will be needed to attain said vision
- How they want to approach each set piece
- How to create a plan
Be able to:
- Work in groups to attain their goals
- Use organizational and planning skills to be able to complete their work intime for the performance
- Use communication skills to propose ideas, come to a consensus, and delegate responsibilities
Objectives – Students will:
- Conceptualize, design and build their own props and set pieces
- Work in groups, using delegating and negotiating skills
Resources and materials – These are just some of the many materials we have used during this unit in the past, but you might have some of your own ideas for materials!
- Flat cardboard
- Cardboard boxes
- Recycled and found objects (as much as possible)
- Poster board
- Bristol board (white)
- Colored construction paper
- Hot glue
- Hot glue guns
- Exacto knives
- Cutting mats
- Paint (acrylic or tempera)
- Paint brushes
- Colored tissue paper
- Aluminum foil
Evaluation – Did students:
- Use the most efficient and practical means to create their props?
- Use creative engineering skills to fabricate their pieces?
- Use skills of collaboration and negotiation to work effectively in groups?
- Complete the necessary props and set pieces for their performance?
- Student questions
- Group discussions
- Group collaboration
- Completed props