For this lesson, first graders learned about shadow puppetry, an ancient form of storytelling in various cultures. Students seemed to really enjoy practicing figure drawing, especially when it was their turn to strike a pose! I really wanted to avoid the very common stick figure approach, so we focused on using shapes to draw our bodies. After looking at Chinese, Indian and Indonesian shadow puppets, students made texture rubbings to create different pattern designs for their puppet. At the end of the lesson, it was time for our performance. First graders announced the title of their performance and then acted out a story about themselves set to traditional Indonesian music.