Whatley – Elizabeth Reeves
Learning Objective/Exit Outcomes:
- Students will be able to generate new and unique ideas based off of the details they see in an object.
- The students will be able to use their imagination as a medium in order to express their opinion and creativity.
- The students will be able to efficiently use descriptive words in their writing.
- Students will engage as audience members for their peers during the arts strategy, giving attention and focus to the student presenting their idea.
ELA & Theatre
ELAGSE3W1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
ELAGSE3SL4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
TA3.CR.2 Develop scripts through theatrical techniques.
- Use imagination to create, revise, improve, and/or add ideas to a scripted or improvised work.
- A roll of tape and/or other objects in the classroom
The teacher led students into the activity “This is Not a Roll of Tape,” first practicing the call and response. The person with the object would say “This is Not a Roll of Tape,” and the rest of the class would repeat the phrase back. Then, the person with the roll of tape would say “This is a…” and give a new idea of what the object could be. The teacher gave an example for the class, “This is a magnifying glass!” The teacher then used her body to show how the roll of tape would be used as a magnifying glass. Students then took turns generating their own ideas of what the roll of tape could be.
Once the students have had the opportunity to participate in the activity, students will then return to their individual desk. The teacher will give them a specific prompt in order to write. For this specific lesson, the teacher gave the students the prompt, “This is not a ChalkBoard”. Students then had to explain, using their imagination, specifically, what the “chalk board” was. Some students listed a t.v., a window, etc. Students must use descriptive words and details from their imagination in order to support their writing. In this particular classroom, students only had to write 5 sentences.
This activity works better if the entire group goes at the same time. In small groups, the louder the room tends to get, which might be distracting.