Reading Reflection Strategy

After students have read their assigned readings, assign students to groups of four and provide each group with a piece of paper. Ask students to create 5 different spaces on the paper: 4 spaces will be for each group member to write down their personal reflections of the reading, and one space (probably in the... Continue Reading →

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Vocal Warm Up and Singing Rounds

To begin, first have students massage their jaw line and temples. Second, practice deep breathing and holding breath. Third, practice ragdoll forward bends while exhaling loudly. Next, have students walk around room while producing short vocalizations from the diaphragm. Then, split class into two or three groups and have each group stand in a circle. One... Continue Reading →

Story Drama

A children's picture book will be preselected and read by the teacher before beginning the activity. It will be beneficial to the class if the book is unknown to the students. The book, The Island by Armin Greder will be used as an example throughout the following description: Part 1: Instructed Drawing Before starting, select an illustration from... Continue Reading →

The Prairie Wind Blows

Have students sit on chairs in a circle with one person standing in the middle. The person in the middle will say one truth about themselves. Anyone in the circle with whom the truth applies to (including the middle person) will then leave their spot in the circle, cross through the center of the circle,... Continue Reading →

Crumbling

First, number students off 1-4 (depending on how many students) and remind students to remember their number. Have all students walk around the room with purpose and after several seconds announce one of the student's numbers. The students who were given that number will stop, begin to shout, “I’m crumbling!” and begin to slow motion crumble... Continue Reading →

Animal Farm

Fill an envelope with small papers that have animal names on them. There should be one name per every 3-6 pieces of paper (may vary depending on size of class). On the back of each paper will be the sound that the animal on the front makes. Have students draw a piece of paper and... Continue Reading →

Picture Book Dramas

To begin this exercise, divide the class into however many groups so that each group has at least 3-4 members and assign each group a drama related activity/ exercise such as: tableau sequence, reader's theater, poetry representation, or narrative representation. Next, assign each group a children's book. Allow time for everyone to read their books amongst their... Continue Reading →

The Game of Many Things

Purpose: To create focus within a group setting, nonverbal/verbal communication and attentiveness to patterns Age Group: Middle years- adults Group Size: Medium to larger groups — need enough people to create various “circuits” How to Play:  This is a game about creating different individual “circuits” within the group with various gestures, movements, and verbalizations and then working towards... Continue Reading →

Follow the Leader/ Copy Cat/ Witch Doctor

Purpose: To develop observation and concentration skills, as well as build a sense of group connection and workability. Age Group: Around grade 3/4 and up. Group Size: For medium or large groups, so about 8 students or more.  How to play: One person is chosen as the guesser and they go out of the room for about a... Continue Reading →

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