To discuss what it might feel like traveling to a new planet
To discuss what it might feel like meeting aliens
To create a story and perform for the class
Cut-out shadow puppets
Other objects to use as puppets
To discuss, understand and perform what it might feel like leaving a home & coming to a new land to live.
Structure / Activity:
Class discussion about how they would feel leaving Earth to move to Mars – what emotions come up? What would they say to aliens? What do they think the aliens would say to them?
Divide into small groups and create a short story. Try to create THREE interesting scenes to perform with shadow puppets
Cut out the shadow puppets or design your own and attach to lollipop sticks. For extra props – look around the class room to see if anything else could be used to cast interesting shadows.
Rehearse the story within the small groups and get ready to perform!
Have one person as the narrater and the other students display the story by casting shadows onto the walls
As an extra activity – encourage the audience to say what they liked about they story they have just seen and how it makes them feel
This task is to inspire creativity and story-telling. It is also designed to generate conversation around immigration and empathy.
Students should work in collaborative groups to create exciting stories while encouraging good presentation skills.