LEVEL: Elementary/Intermediate

OBJECTIVES: The students should be able to:

1. retell a story
2. make finger puppets
3. use finger puppets to tell a story

MATERIALS: Oslo paper, scissors, crayon or watercolor markers, pens, pencils, bond paper, ruler, a story with several characters, prepared finger puppet based on the story, glue, a story with several characters (elementary or intermediate)

TIME FRAME: 1 hour


1.) Find a good motivation that will prepare the students for the story. It can be a game, a question, or a picture that will spark their interest.

2.) Read the story aloud with expression. Make sure the story is suited to the level of your students.

3.) Discuss the story with the students.

4.) Bring out the finger puppets based on the story’s characters. Ask students to retell the story using their own words. Each student should use the finger puppet to retell the story. They can even change their voices to suit the character. Model how to do it.

5.) Ask the other students to provide different sequels to this story. Give them prompts or guidelines to help them with their different storylines. Elementary students can give simple storylines. Intermediate students are expected to give more complex storylines.

6.) Model how to make finger puppets. Give ¼ oslo paper to each student. You can give them a template they can trace or you can show how to do it from scratch. Let them put the puppet around their fingers to know the correct size. Tell them to use masking tape to attach the ends together.

7.) Pair off the students and let them think of the storyline for their puppets. They can decide to have more than two characters. Give them ideas on how to go about it. It can be a fantasy, a fairy tale, a fable, a horror story, an action hero story. Simple stories are required for elementary students and the dialogue should be at their level. Intermediate students need to make the dialogue and storyline more complex.

8.) Draw lots to determine which pair will present their story first. To make sure the other students are listening, ask them to evaluate the stories by writing the scores on a piece of paper (to be tallied at the end when all have presented already). Think of how to score the story. For example, it can be rated from 1 to 5, 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. The winning story will get a reward from you. Determine what the reward will be. It can be candy, bonus points, certificate, etc..