About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Language Arts

GRADE
3-5

DURATION
2 Mins

Felt Finger Puppets


Lights, camera, action! Get a dramatic dialogue going between your students about a book they’re reading.

OBJECTIVE
Students will make finger puppets based on characters from their favorite story or a story you’re reading together as a class.

MATERIALS
Fiskars scissors; felt; paper; yarn; and other decorating materials, such as beads, glitter, and googly eyes

REPRODUCIBLES
Finger Puppet Reproducible

SET UP AND PREPARE
Explain to students that they will be making felt finger puppets based on two characters from a story. Ask students to pick their characters and write a list of characteristics they embody.

DIRECTIONS
1. Using the Finger Puppet Reproducible, have students cut and glue together two pieces of felt to make the puppet’s body.

 

2. Next, have students add hair, eyes, a nose, a mouth, and clothes to their puppets. Encourage them to be creative with the materials given to them; what character traits from their lists can they try to capture?

 

3. To finish the lesson, have students select a passage from their chosen book. It should be a scene with dialogue that involves both characters they have made. Encourage students to practice their scenes, and once ready, put on mini puppet shows for the class.

 

4. Film their performances to share with parents or on your class website.

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