Lesson Plans and Activities

Class Activities and Lessons

You can incorporate the story of Lucky into a complete lesson plan encompassing biology, geography, and arts and culture. Below are some fun activities and class lesson ideas.

Got pictures? – send us pictures of your classes’ Lucky activities we’ll add them to an online photo collection – email photos to luckythelorikeet@gmail.com

Role playing exercise:  Instruct children to imagine and imitate that they are a parrot flying free with their friends and family – their flock. Next, ask children to imagine and imitate that they have been captured and chained (to their desks/chairs). Finally, instruct children to imagine and imitate that they have been freed and slowly learn to fly again – like Lucky did. 

Eat like a Lorikeet:  As described in Lucky – lorikeets lap up nectar with their tongues that look like tiny toothbrushes. Kids will enjoy trying to “eat like a lorikeet.”  Give students small cups of sugar water or juice (“nectar”) and instruct them to attempt to use tongue to lap up nectar like a lorikeet. Or, provide toothbrushes to dip in the juice and “drink” the “nectar.” 

Have a “Lorikeet Lunch”  Serve a variety of fruit and juice (“nectar”) if possible
eat outside in or under the trees. During the lunch encourage children communicate by chirping and swaking and gesturing – no talking. 

Class Cooking Activity - Food and culture are inextricably linked. Explore a bit of Indonesian culture by making this version of the popular Indonesian dish “Gado Gado.”

*recipe contains peanuts - be sure to inquire about peanut allergies. 

Base Ingredients:
½ pound spaghetti noodles, rice noodles or rice (cooked accordingly) Or assemble a traditional Indonesian vegetable salad: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gado-gado

Peanut sauce:
1TBS margarine
1TBS vegetable oil
2 TBS sunflour seeds
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 TBS soy sauce
½ veggie bouillon cube
3 TBS white vinegar
¼ tsp garlic
1 tsp onion powder
¼ cup fresh onion
3 TBS brown sugar
¾ cup water
1tsp corn starch

Combine cornstarch and water stir until mixed.  Heat oil and sunflower seeds over medium heat. Add peanut butter and all other ingredients adding water and cornstarch mix last. Cook until thickened. Pour over cooked rice or noodles. Or cool and serve over prepared vegetable salad.  Enjoy!

Nature Films

Nature documentaries can play an important role in science education by showing animals interacting in their natural environment and by presenting the unique human wildlife interface and conservation challenges that exists where the animals live.

Your class can watch the video clip of the real Lucky – available here.

Further information about real-life conservation efforts, natural history, and life in rural Indonesia can be explored by visiting the Indonesian Parrot Project “Photo and Video Gallery”

visit: http://indonesian-parrot-project.org/gallery.html


Geography is a subject frequently overlooked in American schools. Globally United States students come second to last in geographical knowledge.  Use the story of Lucky to teach children about the geography of the Indonesian islands. Here is a link to some information to get you started. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Indonesia


One of the best ways to make learning fun is through art. Art is also a great way to instill cultural appreciation and awareness.

Help reinforce the importance of leaving wildlife in the wild by downloading this coloring page for fun or as part of a coloring contest. [JPG] [PDF]

Learn about Indonesian culture by making Indonesian masks:  http://www.highlightskids.com/Express/Crafts/Wearable/C0997_balimask.asp

For more information about Indonesian art visit:


Learning new languages is fun. Lean to say a few common Indonesian phrases or words, such as:

Ya.  Yes.
Tidak. No.
Silakan.  Please.
Terima kasih.  Thank you.
Terima kasih kemdali.  You're welcome.
Maafkan saya.  I am sorry.
Selamat pagi.  Good morning.
Selamat tinggal.  Good-bye.
Selamat tidur.  Good night.

For more phrases and to listen to the proper pronunciation visit:

Games and Recreation

Learn about games popular with children in Indonesia. One easy to learn game that requires no materials is “Semut, Orang, Gajah” (Ant, Person, Elephant). This game is similar to the popular “rock, paper, scissors” hand game.

In the Indonesian game, “semut or “ant” is represented by a fist with the baby finger extended.  “Orang” or “person” is represented by a fist with the index finger extended, and “Gajah” or “elephant” is represented by a fist with the thumb extended.

See illustration and description here:
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How to Play:

Partners face each other with a hand in front in a fist. Then, on the count of three together, each makes one of the three hand signs. If both make the same sign, start again.
The Winner:
The semut wins over the gajah because the semut can crawl in the gajah’ s ear and tickle him to drive him crazy.
The orang wins over the semut because the orang can stomp on the semut and squash it.
The gajah wins over the orang because the orang can get trampled by the gajah.

Celebrate National Bird Day

Get involved in the annual National Bird Day (January 5,) celebration during the month of January.  Posters for classrooms are available free to teachers. Visit www.nationalbirdday.com for  more information.