Grade 2

Puppet Show Creations

Creative Communicator
Girl with green hand sock puppet


Sock Puppets is an iPad app that allows students to make their own puppet shows in seconds. Students can add puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds while incorporating their own voices to their show. The possibilities are endless.

This activity will take several class periods. 

Students will:

  • Be able to learn about the proper technique to record voices.
  • Be able to voice over in the app to narrate their show.
  • Be able to play back their voice to make improvements or adjustments.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Multimedia: Multimedia is using more than one medium of expression or communication.
  2. Proper Voice Technique: To have proper voice technique one should:
  • Don't speak so fast that the listener can't understand what they are saying.
  • Don't speak s l o w l y, or word-by-word like a robot.
  • Speak with expression.
  • Speak with a voice that sometimes goes up and sometimes goes down.
  • When reading from a script, group words together to sound like talking.
  • Speak smoothly.

To prepare for the lesson:

  • Before you begin, Sock Puppets is an iPad app only. There are other apps on Google, but pale in comparison.  

  • Make sure to download the app.

  • View the video tutorial.

  • View the written tutorial.

  • Play with the app, create your own puppet show, perhaps an introduction to a lesson.

  • Headsets with a microphone attached will improve the audio recording if available, but not necessary.

  • If possible, have a few real-life puppets available.

  • See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 
  • Hearing-impaired students may need an auxiliary cable to connect the FM unit directly to the device to better hear the audio when finished.

Directions for this activity:

  1. The teacher will have a real sock puppet available if possible or share your sock puppet iPad creation with students.
  2. The teacher will say, “Today, we are going to create a puppet show using our iPads.”
  3. Demonstrate the app to the students, creating a new show as you go.
  4. Talk about what you think is important when you become the voice of the puppet?  
  5. Sample answers should be speak slowly, speak clearly,  speak loudly (don’t whisper) know what you are going to say, practice what you are going to say a few times before you record.
  6. For older students, it is suggested to write a script beforehand. It is also suggested for older students that you talk about creating a hook to get your audience excited.  
  7. Have students work alone for their first time with sock puppets.
  8. Note: Depending on the amount of devices the teacher has, the task may be completed on their own or the teacher could do an “I do, you do” lesson, step by step. Be simplistic at first, go slow to go fast so that they understand the app.
  9. Here are possible suggestions of what they could record:
    • Tell me two things about the story we read.
    • Tell me about how we solved the math problem.
    • Tell me how you get ready for school.
  10. Directions:
    • Have students make one sock puppet, they can use their own name this time, first name only.
    • Have students create a background.
    • Have students add scenery.
    • Have students then practice recording their voice. Remind them to speak slowly, speak clearly,  speak loudly (don’t whisper) know what you are going to say.
    • Allow them time to explore.
    • As students become more comfortable with this app, you can put them in partners or groups.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • This is a lower el rubric that was created as a basis for the activity listed.  You can alter the rubric by MAKING A COPY of it in Google Docs.
  • If used with an older group, this rubric includes more content. You can alter the rubric by MAKING A COPY of it in Google Docs and saving it to your drive.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Creative Communicator
6a. Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6b. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6c. Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Sock Puppet iOS

Lower Elementary Rubric

Sock Puppet Video Tutorial

Sock Puppet Written Tutorial

Upper Elementary Rubric


Retell a story.

Model proper Digital Citizenship.

Create a story  problem for a friend to solve.

Explain a science concept.

  • Tell about an event from history.

  • Share information about a famous person.

This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Community Schools, March 2018. Updated October 2023.