Elementary Lessons

Elementary Lessons are typical elementary school topics taught with the use of creative dramatics.  Lessons integrate dramatic technique into the  instruction of the subject.  

 

Lessons were submitted by pre-service Theatre Education university students upon completion of practicum work in the elementary school alongside an elementary teacher.  Grade levels and topics vary.

Native American Studies and Basic Play Construction

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of Native American culture and stories by performing in a short fable reader’s theater piece.

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Introduction to Storytelling

Students will show their understanding of dramatic plot structure by creating a story map and performing an informal retelling of a story through a flipbook of tableau images.

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The Water Cycle Travel Log

Students will demonstrate their understanding of how water changes state as it moves through the water cycle by acting in role as a scientist and/or water molecule in a dramatization of the journey of a water molecule through locations that hold water (e.g., oceans, atmosphere, rivers, mountains) and the processes of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.

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Nursery Rhymes and Puppets

Students will demonstrate their ability to use voice and sound to retell a story by adapting a nursery rhyme to create a small group puppetry performance.

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Constructing Group Shapes

Students will demonstrate their ability to identify and create shapes by acting in role as architects and designers to build quadrilateral-shaped rooms using their bodies.

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Communicating a Character from a Poem

Students will demonstrate increased ability to make physical character choices by exploring in role the characters from the poem “Adventures of Isabel” by Ogden Nash.

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Heredity/Traits

Students will correctly use scientific vocabulary associated with the subject of heredity, and use the vocabulary in meaningful ways.

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Theatre as an Art Form – Devising a Class Play

Students will demonstrate their ability to write and perform a group script by performing a class devised piece based on Knuffle Bunny Free or The Ox Cart Man.

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Process Drama Unit: Friends!

Students will demonstrate their understanding of positive friendship by creating an original performance.

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Sun, Earth and Moon

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the relationships between the sun earth and moon by doing a performance as a group in class.

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