Along with the play, the rest of the first quarter has been phenomenal as well! So how have the students been learning about and through drama? I'm glad you asked! One the first things we started off doing this year was increasing our awareness of the five senses. The goal with this is to come to a deeper understanding of how our senses work together to observe the world around us. This increases our Aesthetic Perception which will lead us into more meaningful portrayals of characters, stories, and designs.
Third grade has been diligently creating plays based the Native American tribes they have been studying in their social studies class. It is really interesting to see how their drama skills have progressed over the years. If you remember, or have read previous blogs, these third graders learned how to write and perform their own short plays last year. I was very pleased to hear from their classroom teacher that those skills have translated into some impressively sophisticated drama pieces this year. You should have seen my face when one of the groups KILLED OFF A CHARACTER due to starvation! What floored me was that the students didn't do it jokingly, but rather addressed the issue with as much gravity as the characters would have in the story.
There is so much more to tell about this last quarter, I don't think I would be able to blog about all of it one sitting. I would, however, like to leave you with a video of a second grade project. This will be blog in and of itself, but the teaser is this:
Science + Drama + Shadow Puppetry + A Projector =