In this lesson plan, students will use pantomime, research skills, and information sharing to perform as someone or something from a country around the world. The teacher "travels" from country to country guessing who/what each student represents. The plan includes a time-travel variation as well.
In this activity, students are given an index card. Each student then writes the name of a famous person or character on that card. The cards are shuffled then redistributed amongst the group. The students must become the character on the card they are given and interact with the other characters in a given scenario. While they are interacting in character, each student is also trying to figure out which student was given the character they wrote on the index card.
In this lesson plan, students are led, using narrative pantomime, to act out a story about 3 dimensional space. Following the activity, students discuss their role in this lesson, as well as their community.
In this lesson, students brainstorm possible scenarios in which fire was first discovered. They then work in groups to create a performance acting out a possible scenario in which fire was first discovered.
In this activity, a student volunteers to select from a pile of cards that each have a simple sentence written on them. The student's task is to communicate a full sentence to the class using only body language and gestures. If they speak, it must be in gibberish.
This project guides students in creating their own fairy-tale or story as a group. The lesson includes discussions on what makes a good story, character development, improv situations, and script writing.
This activity serves as an introduction to the structured use of the imagination and to the idea of a character. Students will examine their hands, then make "animal puppets" using their hands. Children then can volunteer to show their hand creation to the class.
This is a small collection of improvisation games and warmup games that can be used to sharpen up your cast if youâ€™re a director, or to add energy and originality to your studentsâ€™ acting if you are an acting teacher. All can be done with no materials in any reasonably sized space.
In this activity, three students improvise a job interview. One student is the boss asking questions, and the other two students are potential employees. While the boss is asking questions to one interviewee, the other interviewee is trying to distract the competition.
In this activity, students create a story from movement while the teacher plays different types of music. The students create improvisations based on their body positions after the music stops and the teacher calls, "Freeze!"
In this lesson plan, students become objects found in a room then must explain why they shouldn't be thrown out, without saying specifically what they are. Students use pantomime and critical thinking skills to work as a group and explain their importance in the room. This lesson plan also includes variations of the game including immigration, parts of the body, the rainforest, books, states, etc.
In this activity, young students use their imagination to paint a box during a narrative pantomime led by the teacher. After "painting their box" students share their work with each other.
In this activity, young students use imagination to "paint" what they hear in the music that is played aloud. Afterwards, students are encouaged to "hang" their painting on the wall and discuss what they heard and painted.
In this lesson, students create masks out of paper. The masks are then used when improvising various scenarios. The task is to learn how to act and communicate without use of facial expressions.
In this activity, young students get a chance to pantomime for the class their "guess" in the rhyme charades game. Also includes variations of the game with the alphabet and association words.
In this lesson, students discuss rituals from different cultures and how those rituals are performed and used. They then work independently to create a ritual of their own to perform in class. Each ritual must be created with a specific purpose in mind such as getting an A on the next test or "becoming a man."
In this activity, students work with a partner so one of them is the sculptor and one is the sculpture of clay. After the sculptures are "created" the students walk around the "gallery" and talk about each masterpiece.
In this lesson plan, students will discuss the first Thanksgiving, pretend to make, then eat, the feast, and follow a narrative pantomime led by the teacher.
In this lesson, young students use their entire body to narrate a story told by the teacher. The lesson includes the apple tree story to be read outloud, and discussion questions for students after the activity.
In this activity, the actor chooses a character to play. As another student narrates actions and events that could take place in a person's life, the actor follows the instructions given and reacts to each situation in character.