A skit starring slope

Those of you that love Oscar season as much as I do, might be in drama hangover mode now that the awards shows have come to an end. Worry not. I am here to help!

You can recreate the experience of high drama, lights, and breathtaking dialogue by working with students on skits related to your area of study. One of my favorite posts on this is an oldie (but a goodie) from [Read more…]

Be dramatic

Today I am featuring a teacher-created website with plenty of ideas for incorporating drama in the classroom. Matt Buchanan’s childdrama.com is full of ideas for K-12 classrooms. You will find suggestions for general education classroom teachers (e.g., check out his ideas for using drama to teach about water molecules, countries of the world, and life on the Oregon Trail) and for those in the theater department too (including original plays).

Using drama is such an ideal way to [Read more…]

FUN FRIDAY: Tax collection in the classroom

What better way to learn about the American Revolution than to experience it first hand? This is essentially what the drama-focused teacher at Classroom Magic did with her fourth graders. To teach about taxation in the colonies, one student became the king, two students became tax collectors, and the rest were taxpaying citizens. Everyone received […]

Calling all literary detectives

Add some drama to the classroom with this activity from A Teacher’s Treasure. Before starting a new book, this clever teacher has the author “send” the class a package with items about the book. Students can take turns holding the mystery package and using their senses  (listen to the sounds it makes when you shake […]

Tax collection in the classroom

What better way to learn about the American Revolution than to experience it first hand? This is essentially what the drama-focused teacher at Classroom Magic did with her fourth graders. To teach about taxation in the colonies, one student became the king, two students became tax collectors, and the rest were taxpaying citizens. Everyone received […]

FUN FRIDAY: Drama at your fingertips

Today we are breaking tradition and featuring an idea that requires a purchase: The Masterpuppet Theater. We typically like to offer ideas and plans you can use without getting a subscription or buying materials but this one was just way too clever to ignore.

Be dramatic! (continued)

As promised, today I am sharing another drama-related site. This one, teachingheart.net is filled with free Reader’s Theater scripts. Reader’s Theater involves dramatic presentations performed in the classroom. Scripts are held by the students and are not memorized. Furthermore, scripts and props are not used. The focus is simply on reading and on being expressive. […]

Be dramatic!

Today I am featuring a teacher-created website with plenty of ideas for incorporating drama in the classroom. Matt Buchanan’s childdrama.com is full of ideas for K-12 classrooms. You will find suggestions for general education classroom teachers (e.g., check out his ideas for using drama to teach about water molecules, countries of the world, and life […]

Free field trips

So many of our students learn more effectively when lessons come off the written page. Field trips are one way to provide this type of learning experience but planning them takes time, resources, and money- things that are often in short supply in our schools.

One for the kiddie lit lovers

If you are a fan of Jan Brett’s children’s books, you will love her website! You’ll find many acitivities to use in your classroom such as flash cards, alphabet tracers, and postcards (fun for sanctioned note passing). You can even have students color different characters from Brett’s books, cut them out, and create a class […]