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.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (based on the book by Doreen Cronin)

Students will demonstrate an ability to think critically about challenges they or characters might face through a creative drama experience based on the book  Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin.

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Successful Pancakes

Lesson:  Successful Pancakes   Authors: Michael Avila & Becca Cardon   Standards: TH: Cr3.1.1.bIdentify similarities and differences in sounds and movements in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama) TH: Pr4.1.1.bUse body, face, gestures, and voice to communicate character traits and emotions in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story ...

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Creative Drama Group Character Lesson

Students will be able to portray character through the use of voice, gestures, body movements, and collaborative problem-solving through portraying a character in the story Big Pumpkinby Erica Silverman and coming up with a solution to get the pumpkin off the vine.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Students will be able to describe character differences by analyzing the text of Goldilocks and the Three Bears then designing and drawing the three different bears.

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Three Little Pigs

Students will be able to revise and improve a scene by reenacting the three times the wolf tries to blow down a house in the story of the Three Little Pigs.

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Superheroes

Students will demonstrate their ability to collaborate and act as responsible citizens as they portray a self-created superhero and decide as a group how to critically solve a problem.

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Discovering a New Story: Setting/Technical Design

Students will demonstrate their understanding of design choices that support a story by creating a design idea in groups for this tangled clip and responding to others ideas.

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Character Discovery

Students will be able to explore characters thoughts, physical choices, and understanding the language of poetry by a acting out/as the character in a poem.

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Character Details

Students will draw on specific details from the text to explore the thoughts and emotions of a character from the book Matilda by Roald Dahl through the use of imagination, movement, and a guided worksheet.

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Matilda’s World

Students will learn how to use their imaginations by creating and exploring the world of the book Matilda by Roald Dahl.

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Discrimination-Slavery & The Civil War

Students will be able to empathize with American slaves and Civil War soldiers through collaborative analysis and creative exploration of historical characters’ living situations in role, thus preparing them to combat discrimination in their own lives.

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Tour of France

Objective: Students will be able to better understand the culture of a country and develop character through participating in a tour guide’s presentation of France and writing a postcard of what they learned on the tour.

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Storytelling in Native American Cultures

Unit Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of storytelling, especially in Native American cultures, by exploring and telling stories in role.

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The Preamble

Objective: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the Preamble by creating still images that reflect the goals of the preamble.

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Tens and Ones

Objective/I Can Statement: I can identify place values for numbers greater than 100. Students will demonstrate an ability to act out and write out a place value.

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Life Science Ecosystems

Students will be able to interact with others in dramatic play and identify the way that organisms change and meet their needs to survive in their environment by embodying characteristics of various animals and recording how they would react in different environments.

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Electricity Science

Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of the basics of electricity while relying on intuition, curiosity, and critical inquiry, making strong choices to effectively convey meaning and, developing personal processes and skills for a performance or design to create and convey meaning through the presentation of moving images that embody concept of electrical current that we discussed in the unit.

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Aesops Fables

Students will explore physical acting and fables and practice math addition through performing collective versions of Aesops fables.

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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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