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Study Guide for The Iron Dragon

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"The Iron Dragon" is one of the stories that toured from 2013-2014. This page is for teachers to use with their students to extend the learning experience and enhance their curriculum. The activities on this page are story specific and are designed as follow-up to the performance. Also see the Study Guide Main Page for activities to prepare your students for the show.

On this page: Cast of Characters| Synopsis | Language Arts |Social Studies | Math | Fine Arts

Cast of Characters:

Kimberly Goza: wife, pyramid seller, police officer

Dennis Goza: junk man

Sets and costumes by Kimberly; props by Dennis and Kimberly.



Common Core State Standards:

Reading Literature Standards: RL:K.2, RL:K.3, RL:1.2, RL:1.3, RL:2.2, RL:2.3,RL:2.5, RL:3.2, RL:4.2, RL:5.2

Language Arts


Common Core State Standards:

Reading Literature Standards: RL:K.4, RL:1.4, RL:3.4, RL:4.4, RL:5.4, RL:6.4, RL:7.4, RL:8.4

Language Standards: L.K.4, L.1.4, L.K.4, L.3.4, L.4.4, L.5.4



Common Core State Standards:

Reading Literature Standards: RL:K.9, RL:1.9, RL:4.9, RL:5.9, RL:6.9,

Social Studies



Make a Fez

A fez is a hat that was popularized by Ottoman Empire in the Middle East. Think, Ali Baba, the Arabian Nights and Aladdin.  They are brimless caps with a tassel dangling from the top. They are commonly red or scarlet.
What you need:

  • a brown paper bag
  • scissors
  • tape and glue
  • yarn
  • a pencil
  • optional: markers and other things to decorate with like glitter, scraps of fabric, confetti, etc

Relevant Common Core State Standards (REPLACE THESE LINKS)

CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.2 Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.
CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.B.4 Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units— whole numbers, halves, or quarters.
CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A.1 Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A.3 Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.
CCSS.Math.Content.7.G.A.2 Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions.

Fine Arts



Common Core State Standards:

Speaking and Listening Standard: SL.K.5, SL.1.5, SL.2.5, SL.3.5, SL.4.5, SL.5.5

Questions for Review

Common Core State Standards:

Reading Literature Standards: RL:K.1, RL:K.4, RL:1.1, RL:1.4, RL:2.1, RL:2.4, RL:3.1, RL:3.4, RL:4.1, RL:4.4, RL:5.1, RL:5.4, RL:6.3, RL:6.4,RL:7.3, RL:7.4, RL:8.4

Speaking and Listening Standard: SL.K.2, SL.1.2, SL.2.2, SL.3.2

Language Standards: L.3.4, L.3.5, L.4.4,L.4.5, L.5.4, L.5.5