Thursday, July 19, 2012

Drama in Your Classroom

Barbara over at Grade ONEderful is having a linky party.

She asked, "How do you add drama to your classroom?”

Well I love storytelling and having the children participate but also to leave the props and story available for them to reenact over and over or tweak to their delight.

Here are a few examples.

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell  - I’m reading the story and the children have volunteered to act it out.
I then leave the book and props for the families to use.
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Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina – As I tell the story the children become the monkeys and each get a hat.
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Here’s a little monkey imitating the man by stomping his feet.

We’ve also done The Three Little Pigs several ways.
With large paper props.
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With big cardboard boxes.
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And with little cardboard boxes.
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Of course The Three Bears
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The Great Big Enormous Potato
That was a lot of fun to do outside and while actually harvesting our potatoes.

And finally Pete the Cat – I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
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The children loved using the slippers to walk in a box then out of the box with new coloured slippers.  Each box had a label - red for strawberries, blue for blueberries, brown for mud and then a light blue for the water.


  1. Those are fabulous ideas, Maureen! Thank you for linking up. Clearly I need to start collecting some simple props.
    PS Love your Pete the Cat suit :)

    Grade ONEderful
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    1. Simple props are key. Thrift stores, dollar stores are the best places to find them. Good luck

  2. Fabulous ideas.. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Simply fantastic!! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I love the hats for Owl Babies! What wonderful ideas for storytelling-the kids look like they are just having a blast! :)


    1. I can't remember what inspired me to use the cupcake liners for the eyes but the children instantly knew what they were.

  5. This is fabulous! I really enjoyed the pictures in this post. Come visit our blog sometime. Your newest follower, Stephanie