The Ova Prima Lesson Plans Databank
|Sherlock Shell and the Case of the Missing Chicken
|Janet Grayling and Marcia Holst, Grover Washington Middle School
|2 hours prep time; approximately 14 hours class time
Students embracing this unit of study will not only exercise their cross-disciplinary
skills and call upon the allied fields of language arts, creative
dramatics, and the visual arts, but will utilize scientific learning to
produce a forty-minute taped drama appropriate for school assembly display
for grades 3-9.
"Sherlock Shell and the Case of the Missing Chicken: A Script and Tips
For Improvisational Additions" by Janet Grayling. (Sample copy available
from the Ova Prima Foundation.)
Audio-visual equipment, including handheld video recorder and microphone,
television, editing facilities.
Improvised costumes--students should use parental assistance to bring
in appropriate clothing from dad's old "thin clothes" or mom's sewing "rag
"The Fundamentals of Ovaprimationism"
"Avioprimational Arguments: Exposing the Fallacies Behind the Arguments."
Students will read and discuss the readings in class.
The teacher will divide the class into the various teams working on the
final video project. He or she should stress that no one group is more
talented or 'better' than another. Actors are just as important as directors,
who are just as important as editors and technicians!
Working as a team, the students and teachers will add in 'filler' related
to the local school in designated areas of the script, with references
to the principal, teachers, students, etc.
The students will, with supervision, shoot the scenes for the final video,
making a creative use of costumes and school facilities as backdrops.
The editing team will supervise the final 'cut' of the video.
Show the video in class and/or to parents for a fun and educational experience!
Many teachers also share the results of the students' wonderful creativity
with the entire school during assembly!
Dividing the class up into teams to work on the video can be the biggest
challenge to the dedicated teacher. We recommend the following:
Actors: 12 actors minimum are required. We suggest for the extensive
For the less extensive roles (the suspects "Jane" and "Ollie Stableboy",
for example, or Smedley Pimples' sidekick, "Squawker"), students may double
on other teams. There is also unlimited opportunity for cameos and "extras"
Dr. Flotsam: Someone bright and articulate!
Sherlock Shell: A student with an ability to ask questions in a meaningful
manner, and who can handle the multisyllabic words of the scientific explanations.
Brightly Smartwell, Ovaprimationist: A 'clean-cut' young man. If necessary,
the part may be changed to 'Brenda Smartwell.'
Smedley Pimples, Anti-ovaprimationist: A real "opportunity" for the "ham"
in your class! If necessary, the part may be changed to "Samantha Pimples."
the outdoor shots.
The climactic scene in which Smedley Pimples ties Sherlock Shell to
a railroad track may easily be simulated with a model train set and some
"realistic" sound effects!
Great fun for all involved!
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