Lion and Mouse Masks

Lesson #10007

Create fun lion and mouse masks for storytelling.

Create easy-to-assemble masks for classroom plays and holiday fun. Develop oral skills and build self-esteem as students portray characters from Aesop's fables with enthusiasm and confidence. Celebrate student creativity by showcasing the masks on a bulletin board.

Reenact "The Lion and the Mouse" from Aesop's Fables for fun storytelling and lessons that build character.

13926-XL-Ellison SureCut Die - Mask, Mouse - XL 23768-XL-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Masks (Basic Beginnings) (4 Die Set) - XL

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Elastic, Glue, Ribbon, Scissors, Shoelaces, Twine, Thread, Yarn

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut the Lion and Mouse Masks with multiple layers of construction paper or cardstock. Decorate and layer using glue (Figure A).
  2. Attach Elastic Mask Straps, ribbon or yarn to the holes in the mask (Figure B).
  3. Poke three tiny holes along each cheek of the Lion Mask and string twine, shoelaces or string to create whiskers. Knot the whiskers at the opposite side of the Mask.
  4. Punch holes along the outer edge of the Lion Mask and weave pieces of yarn through the holes to create the mane (Figure C).
  5. Add details with colored markers or crayons (see Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

Fine Arts: Theater

K-4 Standard 2: Acting by assuming roles and interacting in improvisations

  • Students imagine and clearly describe characters, their relationships and their environments.
  • Students use variations of locomotor and nonlocomotor movement and vocal pitch, tempo and tone for different characters.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

English Language Arts: Applying Language Skills

K-12: Standard 12

  • Students use spoken, written and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion and the exchange of information).

Standards for the English Language Arts, by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, Copyright 1996 by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.

Source: NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts

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