This week, 4C and 4D students enjoyed learning about mime and even played a game of Charades! We will continue to explore miming techniques in the New Year.
Students also completed the Partner Introduction task this week, and evaluation rubrics have since been distributed to students.
I am looking forward to continuing our time together in the New Year, 4C and 4D Kodiaks. Enjoy the break and I'll see you all back in class in January!
- Mrs. Ross
Hello! My name is Mrs. Ross and I am currently teaching the 4C and 4D Drama classes at Nose Creek School. We meet for one period every second day (4C: days 1/3 and 4D: days 2/4), and will continue our classes together for a total of 13 weeks.
To date, the students and I have spent some time getting to know each other through the Name Five Things game, discussing classroom rules, expectations and routines, and exploring/discussing the Drama 4 course outline (see file below). We also set up our Drama duotangs for the term ahead. It was a wonderful first week of drama!
Up next: Dramatic games/energizers and the "Partner Introduction" task! The Partner Introduction task is due for 4D students on Monday and 4C students on Tuesday.
If you ever have any questions or need to get in touch with me this term, my email address is: email@example.com
- Mrs. Ross
Today marks the end of the grade four cycle one option classes. I am very sad to say goodbye to 4B and 4E students, but invite them to join "Grade 4 Drama Club" in the Spring! Grades for these option classes will be included in the February Report Cards.
We had a short week in Drama, but we sure packed in lots fun and learning! 4B and 4E students enjoyed working in small groups to create two short un-scripted scenes entitled "The BEST birthday present ever" and "The WORST birthday present ever".
The students came up with their own storyline ideas for the scenes, and were encouraged to focus on:
1. Using the stage/blocking - i.e. thinking about entrances/exits and where they travel/stand on the stage
2. Incorporating vocal/body/facial expressions - i.e. developing characters with specific traits
3. Team work - i.e. working together to include everyone in the scene equally
The scenes were really well done, and students received feedback both orally and in written form (rubric). We have now moved onto our final unit in Drama: Improvisation! Students will work in teams to complete various warm-ups, activities and challenges during this unit. Our last drama class will be on December 7!
4B and 4E students enjoyed playing "Who is the Music Maker" in class this week. It was fun for students to express themselves using simple movements and vocalization.
Students were assigned their first Scripted Scene Assignment in class and were busy rehearsing and performing! 4B students completed their final performances for this assignment on Thursday, and 4E students will perform on Monday. I will distribute students' evaluation rubrics for this assignment on Tuesday/Wednesday next week!
4B and 4E students wrapped up their learning in the Tableau Unit by completing their Giving Tree performances and writing self-evaluations/reflections (see image below). We have since moved onto our final unit: Scripted Scenes!
Students were given their first Scripted Scene Assignment in class last week, and were paired up with a partner to work with. They were asked to memorize their lines for next week's class, and to think about how they will stage the scene. We will discuss, learn and practice various performance techniques in the coming classes and will also work towards presenting these scripted scenes in class. Good luck!
4B and 4E classes enjoyed playing Wax Museum as a warm up activity in class this week. They needed to hold and freeze in various poses, based on given themes, to stay in the game. This activity reinforced all the learning we have been doing in our tableau unit.
Students were also busy rehearsing their Giving Tree performance pieces in class this week. They were put in groups of 4-5 and each of the groups were asked to devise a tableau based on a different part of the story. We will be reading the story to the grade four music classes next week, and students will be performing their tableaus with their groups. Good luck!
Students should have came home with this notice yesterday:
This week, students in 4B and 4E furthered their understanding of various tableau techniques. They played a collaborative warm-up activity called, "The Walking Wonder", which had them both observing and creating frozen images individually.
Students also worked in small groups to devise "Silent Tableaus" for various prompted situations (i.e. "a birthday party"). Students needed to work together in small groups to develop, organize and perform these "Silent Tableaus" for the class. We compared and contrasted each of the tableaus, and also discussed the various elements that go into creating successful tableaus (i.e. incorporating facial and body expressions, levels, focus etc.).
4B and 4E students are now moving into the final project for the Tableau unit. We read the book, "The Giving Tree", and students will perform this story through tableau images to another grade 4 class in the coming weeks. This story further supports the learning that the grade 4s are currently exploring in Science class.
4B and 4E students began a new unit in Drama this week: Tableau! In a tableau, participants make frozen or still images with their bodies to represent a scene. A tableau can be used to quickly establish a scene that involves a large number of characters. It can be used to explore a particular moment in a story or drama, or to replicate a photograph or artwork for deeper analysis. Please see the image posted below for more information about tableaus.
Students enjoyed playing "Beach/Boat/Bank" and "Silent Shapes" as warm-up activities. They had to think and work quickly, both in individual and group settings, to devise various tableaus to represent a variety of prompts. It was a very successful week!
4B and 4E students had a fun week in Drama. They played a quick-thinking game called "Elephant", and participated in a warm up activity called the "Noise Wave". Students are beginning to take more risks in class and are also beginning to trust their peers.
Students completed the "Secret Handshake" scene assignment, and grades will be sent home with students early next week. All in all, the scene assignments were very good!