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First Graders Script and Perform a Play about Endangered Gorillas

February 11, 2015 by Class of 2022 (Students)

We started learning about endangered animals. We decided to learn about mountain gorillas. There are only 700 mountain gorillas left in the whole world because of the wars surrounding where they live and poachers. We wanted to make a play that showed our feelings about mountain gorillas and other endangered species. We voted about doing a play. The play won.

There were many steps before we got to the play. First we needed to learn many facts. We read a book and we wrote down facts. We wrote the ideas of the play for our script. We wanted an educational play. We had a little secret in our play.  We were telling parents facts about mountain gorillas. The parents didn’t know that they were learning while they watched the play. The story is about a baby gorilla that is captured by poachers. Luckily, the gorilla is saved by park rangers. To make our set, we sketched flora and fauna that lived in Virunga National Park in Africa. We used Google Earth to see what Virunga looks like. The plant props were hard to make. We made an anthem for Virunga so that we could sing something and still base it on the play. We wanted the parents to understand Virunga in a different way.

Finally, the day of the play came. Some people were nervous and some people were excited. At the end of the play, we started thinking about what to do next.