Pre and Post Show Lesson Plan
A puppet presentation on healthy diet, exercise and
doctors’ visits for preK-5th grade
By: Judith and Michael Cayo-Cotter and Jeremy Young
Bananas is a 45-minute puppet presentation by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre
that includes 4 original "sing-a-long" songs. Set against the backdrop
of a talent contest, themes of healthy living issues are explored in a fun,
upbeat and positive way. This presentation was produced in partnership with Children's Hospital.
- to encourage eating in a healthy manner, i.e. eating a variety of food,
including fruits, grains and vegetables, and drinking more water for energy.
- encourage physical activity including running, playing skipping and jumping.
- have regular doctor visits for check ups and shots.
- have a fun educational experience with puppetry.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: The students will be involved in controlled
audience participation throughout the show. They will learn 4 original
health-related songs, all with physical gestures. A complimentary CD of the
songs is supplied to the school. Additional CDs are available to teachers at
a nominal cost.
STAGING: The presentation involves rod puppets operated above a
6-foot-tall curtain. We prefer to set up on the floor level in front of your
stage. We can set up in any appropriate room; auditorium, gym, cafeteria or
all-purpose room. Seating may be on the floor or in chairs, with the first row
of seating being 15 feet from the stage for good visibility.
Pre-show Discussion Questions:
- Make a list of the class’ favorite fruits.
- Make a list of the class’ favorite vegetables.
- Make list of favorite breads, cereals, pastas and rice.
- Make a list of favorite healthy activities, i.e. running, skipping, climbing, etc.
- Discuss active and passive activities, i.e. basketball and reading
- Discuss the different common styles of puppets: hand, stringed, shadow and rod.
- Discuss what makes a rod (or stick) puppet. This is the kind the students will see.
- Discuss student’s attitudes towards doctor visits. Afraid of shots or blood tests?
- Discuss the role of television in health problems.(junk food promotion, couch time)
- Play show songs CD that have been supplied to the school.
Post-show Discussion Questions:
- Which was your favorite pig in the show? Why? What made you like him?
- Which was your favorite song? What was it about?
- What was the purpose of the show?
- The show started with a character on TV. What did that character tell the pig?
- What does the expression, "do it, don’t just view it" mean to you.
- The pigs each felt that their topic was the most important. Which do you think was?
- What "puppets" did each of the characters make for their show at the contest?
- How could you start eating or living healthier?
- Draw pictures of your favorite fruits, vegetables, etc.
- Make a list of active and passive activities.
- Put on a play about going to the see the doctor.
- Drink a big glass of water.
- Go outside and play!
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