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Around the World in Thirty Minutes
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Circle of Characters
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Coming Together
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Discovery of Fire
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Gibberish Sentences
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Greek Play Project
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In this lesson/project, students create and perform a Greek tragedy play based on a familiar story from history or from fiction.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Group Story Project
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Hand Animals
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Improvs and Warmups
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This is a small collection of improvisation games and warmup games that can be used to sharpen up your cast if you’re a director, or to add energy and originality to your students’ acting if you are an acting teacher. All can be done with no materials in any reasonably sized space.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Job Interview
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Lunchbag Puppets
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This lesson plan is a step-by-step process for making and manipulating puppets made out of paper bags.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Musical Freeze Improvisations
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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!"

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
News Plays
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In this lesson, students explore either historical periods or current events by choosing a news story from that time and acting out the events from that story.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
No, You Can't Take Me!
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Nursery Rhyme Charades
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In this activity, students pantomime an element from a nursery rhyme and the class tries to guess which nursery rhyme it's from.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Painting the Box
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Painting the Music
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Paper Masks
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Matt Buchanan
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Rhyme Charades
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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.

Subject:
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
ChildDrama.com
Author:
Sharon Grady
Date Added:
02/26/2019