Theater Arts For K-5?

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  1. OedipaMaas

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    This fall, I'm going to start a new job as an after-school educator at a K-5 school. Part of my job involves planning an enrichment activity that I'll lead for an hour or so per day, all semester. I've been given a lot of leeway in my lesson planning, and right now I'm leaning heavily towards teaching theater arts, as improv activities are fun, cheap and cooperative. This is a younger group of students than I've ever worked with before, and I'd be grateful if anyone can point me towards books or other resources that might be helpful for my lesson planning, classroom management or both! Thanks for your help!
     
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    I have the music game books by these people and they are great! http://www.amazon.com/101-Drama-Games-Children-Make-Believe/dp/0897932110/ref=pd_sim_b_6

    Also you may want to consider putting on a small musical or play at the end of a semester or quarter.

    With 4th graders I did the following which were super fun...
    http://www.amazon.com/Will-Real-Rev...1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278203923&sr=1-1-spell

    http://www.amazon.com/Cinderella-Ou...2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278203970&sr=1-2-spell

    I order all my musicals from this company...
    https://www.popplersmusic.com/c-39-spring-musicals-revues.aspx

    good luck! It sounds like fun! :thumb:
     
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    Thank you! I think it will be fun, too. I just found out last week that I got the job and I could not be more excited to start.
     
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    http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/playhouse/
    Maybe these will help. :) I used some of them for skits that my Summer School kids put on for our Summer Care Kids, and they seemed to work well. :)

    For your 4th-5th graders, this might be a possibility.
    http://www.thinkquest.org/competition/index.html


    For several years, I ran the OST program at our school, and I discovered that tapping into school and community resources is a great way to get a variety of enrichment activities for your kids. :) If you are new to the community, talk with your administration, coordinator, co-workers, teachers, parents, and neighbors, check out state and city agencies, send home a 'talent and interest' survey, etc. It is amazing what...and who...is available to help. :)

    We were able to write some mini grants to bring in people, local service groups donated funding, and volunteers from the community and our teaching staff shared special talents or skills. For example, a lady from the County Extension Office came out once a week for free for six weeks each year did some basic cooking lessons with the kids. With a grant through the state Arts Council, we were able to have a resident artist and a theater improv group visit for a week each. We had several ladies come in and show how they spun wool into yarn, and then came once a week to teach knitting. One of our teachers gave basic guitar lessons one day a week for two months. Our music teacher worked with the kids to put together a Talent Show...I will never forget the petite, blond little first grade girl who burped the ABC's!! :D Our state department of ed has Spanish lessons on video, and we used those to do a twice a week class for those who wanted to learn Spanish. If you are interested, PM me and I can give you the link to the videos. I think they are still available...I will check that out. :)

    There are lots of free keyboarding games on line...Beth Newingham on her awesome site talks about doing a Keyboarding Kamp each year.
    http://blogs.scholastic.com/top_teaching/2010/02/typing-camp.html

    She also does a lot of cool movie making with her kids, and gives great instructions on her site.
    http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/

    We also enlisted the help of older kids from the Chess Club to teach the kids the basics of chess. 4-H kids and church youth groups working on service projects came and played games with the kids.
    Enlisting the help of the older kids was especially successful and rewarding for them and the younger ones. :)

    Sorry, this is WAY MORE than you asked for. :) I just remember what it felt like to be in your shoes, excited, but not sure where to start. :) Best of luck!! May it be a really great experience for you!! :)
     

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