Body Biographies

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Find out about a famous person you admire and create a life-size silhouette to share what you learn about them. Or create one showcasing YOU! 

What You Need: 

  • Butcher paper 
  • Markers 
  • Facts about a famous person 

What You Do: 

  1. Research a famous person that you admire.  Find out:  

  • Something they care about 
  • What they accomplished or how they made a difference 
  • Places they lived 
  • Ideas they had 
  • A famous quote or imagined quote 
  • When they lived 
  1. Roll out some butcher a few inches longer than your height.  Lay down on the butcher paper and have someone trace you. 

  1. Color in the body outline to make it look like the famous person you researched.  Make sure to dress them in the clothing of the time period. 

  1. Share what you learned about the person by adding the following information to various body parts: 

  • Heart: what they care about 
  • Hands: what they accomplished or how they made a difference 
  • Feet: places they lived 
  • Head: ideas they had 
  • Quote coming from mouth: famous quote or imagined quote 
  • Shoulders: when they lived 

Did You Know? 

Learning about famous people can inspire kids to imagine who they can become and help them aspire to make a difference in the world.  It also helps them understand that even accomplished historical figures and celebrities face obstacles, overcome challenges, experience failure and persist to succeed. 

Words to Use: 

  • Legacy: Something that happens or exists as a result of things that happened at an earlier time. 
  • Persistence: Determination to do something even though it is difficult or other people oppose it. 

What to Talk About: 

  • Who inspires you and why? 
  • What do you admire about this person?   
  • How did this person accomplish their goals? 
  • What would you like to be known for? 
  • How would you like to make a difference in the world? 

Change It Up:  

  • Interview someone you know and admire.  Make a body biography of that person. 
  • Make a body biography starring YOU—past, present, or future! 

Learning Connections:  

  • Communication 
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Curiosity 
  • Imagination 
  • Social & Emotional Development 
  • Cultural Understanding 

Curriculum Connections: NC Standard Course of Study 

  • Social Studies: 2H.1, 2.C&G.2, 2.C.1, 3.H.1, 3.C&G.2, 3.C.1 
  • Theater: K.C.1, K.C.2, 1.C.1, 1.C.2, 2.C.1, 2.C.2, 3.C.1, 3.C.2 

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