Acting Out the Stories | Ophea Teaching Tools

    Acting Out the Stories

    Physical Activity Level
    • Moderate

    • Gymnasium

    • Multipurpose

      • Animal/Character Cards (see GETTING ACTIVE)

      • Appendix B

      • Appendix F

      • Audio equipment and music

      • Bench

    Safety Considerations

    Remind students to be cautious when moving during activities, and to be aware of the personal space of others. Ensure bench is stable for the step-ups.


    Students will actively and safely explore movement by acting out a story.

    Warm Up

    Follow the Leader

    • In groups of 4–6, make a straight line. A volunteer leads the group around the activity area slowly, with all group members following the leader’s moves.
    • On the signal, first student goes to the end of the line, and second student moves to the front and leads the group around activity area in a slightly faster manner.
    • This pattern continues until the last student leads the group around the activity area at a fast yet controlled speed.
    Getting Active

    Acting out the Story

    • Read two stories, or have students think of two stories that have been discussed in class (see Appendix F for examples).
    • From the stories shared, have students say out loud the types of animals/characters from the stories and the various movements they do.
    • Post names of the animals/characters from the story on the wall, along with the corresponding movements for those characters.
    • Divide the class into 2 or 4 groups (1-2 groups per story).
    • Each group performs their story's animal actions.
    • Once the group is finished doing the actions for one story, switch to the other story.

    Example Stories

    Nanabush and the Rabbit

    • Owl: bob head up and down and turn around three times
    • Rabbit: hop on two feet, stretching arms high above your head

    Nanabush and the Dancing Ducks (powwow or other music can be played during this activity)

    • Duck: crouch down and waddle forward
    • Dancing: twirl around and dance to the music
    Cool Down

    Stop and Go

    • Play slower-paced music.
    • Students travel around activity area (e.g., tiptoeing, crawling) and freeze in their own space when the music stops.
    • Lead (or ask a student to lead) a series of stretches. Consult the examples in Appendix B.
    Other Considerations
    • For earlier grades, you may need to make sure that each group has a student who can read, or direct the activity yourself.
    • For this activity, students could also create a story or invite a local Elder or storyteller to share a story with the class.
    • See Appendix D for music ideas.