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Puppetry Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to information about Puppetry. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.

Arts in Education
These articles by Carol A. Greene provide information for teachers on how to use ventriloquism in a classroom setting.

Axtel Learning Center
These two articles by Steve Axtel offer assistance to beginning puppeteers.

Blue Boy
Instructions and a design pattern for making a basic mouth and rod puppet.

Puppetry - The Taiwan Tradition
Chinese puppetry comes in two major forms: the marionette theater and the shadow theater. Of the two, marionette theater has the longer history and has spread farther. Traditional puppetry in Taiwan actually comes in three forms: the marionette theater, the glove puppet theater, and the shadow theater.
The home page for the Muppets contains a variety of online games for young children (Java required), profiles of the Muppets, downloadable Muppet sounds, and weekly articles (along with their archives) keyed to some of the characters, for example jokes by Fozzie Bear. The site doesn't have any direct educational content but it could be used to motivate and/or introduce a puppetry unit.

Muppets Home Page
A metalist of links to web sites about the Muppets.

Professional Puppetry Techniques
Tips and advice from a professional including instructions on creating a papier-mâché puppet, manipulating puppets, repairing fibreglass, and painting faux woodgrain. Warning: This is a Geocities web site and so you'll have to put up with intrusive advertising.

Puppets 2000
The Children's Video Theatre presents step by step instructions on how to make a puppet, 'behind the scenes' information on puppetry, and more.

Puppets! Puppets! Puppets!
Brief articles on the techniques of puppetry, creating a puppet, and constructing a puppet stage.

[The] Puppetry Home Page
A huge metalist of links to puppetry sites, including: puppetry definitions, using puppetry, puppetry traditions around the world, and puppetry building. They also have a Q&A section.

Recalling History by Pulling Strings
In this Language Arts lesson plan, grade 6-12 students learn how puppets can be used to tell stories that preserve history and culture.

Easy Puppets
Lois Walker's website will show you how to make a marionette from 3 paper cups and decorate as desired. A great classroom activity to bring out art and acting talents in young students.

Strings, Springs, and Finger Things
An exhibit from the Canadian Museum of Civilization which explains the different ways that puppets are manipulated and various types of puppetry.

The Puppeteers' Cooperative Home page
A website with instructions on how to make large puppets, how to put together a puppet parade, how to decorate puppets and how to put on a pageant. An excellent source of information for all age groups.

[The] Use of Puppetry to Increase Self-worth Through the Windows of Poetry
A unit plan in which primary students actively use puppetry to read, discuss and write about poetry. Puppetry and poetry can be used throughout the year to create opportunities to increase the use of reading and language arts.

[The] World of Puppets
In this 2-3 week unit plan, K-2 students use the Internet to learn about the puppets that are used in various cultures. They then create their own puppets. The Internet explorations are designed for a whole class experience.

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