Looking for a fast way to add interest to your costume box or for a quick last minute curtain call when you stage a play? Look no further than the craft area at Michael’s Craft Stores. These balsa wood masks are a great suggestion for students to add to their characters when you do a classroom play. The masks are under $2.00 each and can be spruced up with crayons, markers, feathers. You can add glitter, feathers, sparkles to crowns—these masks are terrific to keep in your costume box and the stores seem to add different designs all the time. Check out other great teaching tips and costume ideas at ereaderstheater.com.
We had a wonderful time staging the play and creating great simple costumes. But the learning didn’t stop there. We used the play in our other work, too. I found the play to be a great launch pad for learning. Students struggling with sight words wrote down as many words as they could find in the play in under a minute. Students tested their reading comprehension by writing about the play. I had a bulletin board in the classroom with vocabulary that we had learned during the staging of the play.
Students continued the learning after the play by recording vocabulary that they had learned.
This was not just a play for my kids–it was an exciting learning experience that we all will remember for a long time.
With more than 700 plays available on ereaderstheater.com-most with teaching resources and extension activities, this is my “go-to” place for creativity and play ideas.
Allie Magnuson, one of our favorite Kindergarten Teachers and an enthusiastic browser of the more than 700 plays at ereaderstheater.com, uses creativity and colored paper to come up with some really clever costume ideas. Check out Allie’s full blog post for the play The Sun Will Come at ereaderstheater.com. We love the way students are positioned right in the center of everything Allie does.
As an after-school teacher, I help first graders with their reading skills, and one of the things I wanted to emphasize was how to read for fluency and expression. As always, eReader’s Theater was the perfect resource. The Sun Will Come is a simple play that can help kids practice these important skills aloud and in a social context.I have twelve students, so they took turns playing each of the four speaking parts. While reading the lines out loud, at first the kids sounded like robots. I encouraged them to read in front of a mirror so they could see and listen to themselves. They giggled, but eventually they gained confidence, and their reading began to sound more like speaking naturally.
Since the kids wanted to practice the play in front of an audience, they started with a group of kindergarteners. That rehearsal taught my little performers why it was important to speak up and show lots of expression, how to stand so that it was easier to pass the microphone to each other, and what a good audience member looked like.
For helping kids practice fluency, voice, expression, confidence, sight words, and reading comprehension, The Sun Will Come is a bargain at only $1.99. Get your own copy today at ereaderstheater.com.
Upper grade teachers who are looking for a historical approach to teaching about the Pilgrims and the support of the Native Americans in the New World should take a look at Fish Heads and Snake Skins. Now on sale for 99 cents.
A rich four-act play telling the story of the Pilgrims decision to come to America, their perilous journey, their quest to survive and their friendship with the Native Americans that saved their lives. Includes teaching notes, writing prompts, creative activities, Web and literature links, background information, and vocabulary lists. A great November play for upper grade students!