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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Tableaus on Social Justice Issues

Assign students into groups paying attention to the number of people you wish to have in each group (the more the merrier in this case). Ask each group to choose a social justice issue and portray the issue using a tableau. Ask them not to say which issue they choose. Once students are ready, they …

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A Tableau Story

Partner student up into pairs. In their pairs, they will begin by shaking hands and mid-shake they will freeze to form their first tableau. Then, one of them will unfreeze and form a new scene with their "still frozen" partner. Students will take turns freezing and unfreezing to form new tableaus until the teacher decides …

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Two Truths and a Lie

Each participant stands in front of the class and says two truths about themselves and one lie, then the class votes on which one is the lie. Benefits: Encourages listening skills Students learn more about their classmates Limitations: If scores are kept, keep in mind that the competition might not be suitable for some groups. …

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Lumberjack Warmup (Movement)

  Before You Start: Make sure participants understand the three motions: becoming a tree, chopping down a tree, and having a tree fall. Review when in the game you would perform each motion. Review proper chopping (no touching), as well as proper heckling (no touching or yelling). Play a slow motion practice round. Set Up: Everyone standing in a circle facing …

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Using Elements of Theatre to Transform the Classroom

Our discussion in class today was on ways to utilize the elements of theatre to create a purpose in the classroom which therefore reflects the lesson and then the students. Our professor demonstrated this in our drama class by first playing a specific style of jazz music as we walked in. Because the theatre review …

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