Brewer Elementary, Year One
Cooks/DiPietro – Meagan Cascone
Learning Objective/Exit Outcomes:
- Students will be able to define the rules.
- Students will be able to differentiate between following and not following the rules.
- Students will be able to act out how to follow rules properly.
- Students will be able to engage appropriately as audience members.
SSKCG1 Demonstrate an understanding of good citizenship.
- Explain how rules are made and why.
- Explain why rules should be followed.
TAK.CR.2 Develop scripts through theatrical techniques.
- Retell stories.
- Sequence plot events for dramatizations.
- Generate original ideas for dramatizations.
TAK.RE.1 Engage actively and appropriately as an audience member.
- Participate as audience.
- Identify the basic elements of theatre etiquette.
Social Studies and Theatre
The students were at their desks for the activity. Both classes used pictures of following/not following the rules and one used paper with smiles and frowns and another used sticky notes and stickers.
The teachers introduced the lesson. In one class, the students at each table worked with one another to decide whether the picture showed following or not following the rules. Once decided, they taped a smiley face or a frown on the picture. Once each group was finished, they came up to the front of the class and presented their picture and rule. The teacher asked them questions about what the picture showed and also what following that rule looks like.
At this point, the PAIR Specialist explained that, just like rules in school that we follow for our safety and to be kind to others, there are rules that are followed as audience members in a theatre. The PAIR Specialist then asked the students to show the proper way to follow a rule, also engaging the students still at their tables to act as they think audience members should act when watching other people perform.
In the other class, there were still pictures at each table showing the same things, but the students rotated from one table to the other putting frowny face sticky notes or smiley face stickers on each picture. After everyone rotated, the teacher reviewed the pictures and rules with the class, having students volunteer to come up to the front of the class to be actors and show how to follow each rule properly.
Both were great approaches to the material, it just depends on what works best with your class. One way to combine both methods would be for the students to stay in their seats and the teacher and PAIR specialist rotate the pictures around.