This document has a script for a play or skit that your students can put on after learning about food chains, food webs, and habitats and biomes. We used this as our culminating activity or STEAM project at the end of a science chapter about food chains, food webs, habitats and biomes. I used this with a fourth grade class but shared it with third and fifth grade colleagues and they said it worked well also.
Before having students complete this skit packet, you would break them up into groups based on biomes. For example, my class has 30 students so we broke up them into 5 biomes (aquatic, tundra, forest, rainforest ,and grasslands) with 6 students in each biome group. We gave them time to each choose their favorite animal in their biome and do basic research about their animal and their biome so they knew who their predators and prey were, and how they interact with their other biome members in a food chain/food web.
Next, we gave them this skit packet which I created. It starts by having them choose a narrator and each of them choosing an actor number. Then they can begin planning their lines for the 4 scenes in this skit. Scene one about their biome, scene one about the habitats within the biome, scene three about food chains, and scene four about food webs.
The packet gives suggested dialogue lines in italics and suggested stage directions to help them create their dialogue and act out each scene. The bolded quotations are when each actor or narrator would speak their lines.
*I ALSO MODIFIED THIS SKIT PACKET FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED EXTRA GUIDANCE- such as students with special needs. Since I teach in an ICT classroom, I also attached a similar skit packet to the one the rest of the class used, however, this one had more scaffolds or sentence starters for dialogue so they students had more assistance. This is attached at the bottom and is also about 8 pages since it is very similar to the actual skit packet.
Since the students are eventually putting on this play or skit in front of their parents, it is suggested that to truly make this a STEAM project you get other teachers involved. For example- our art teacher is helping the students make masks of their animal to wear for the show. The music teacher is helping them learn how to make the sound effects of their animal or search the internet for the sounds of their biome. The gym/dance teacher is helping them learn how to use their bodies to make the movements of their animal. The computer teacher is helping them research pictures or images they may want to print and color as props for the stage.