5. Discuss the concept of role drama and have students outline the behaviour and ‘motivation’ for each of the characters they have listed.
6. With the students, plan who will play each character, and which parts of the story to act out.
7. If there’s time and the resources, get the students to make use of the art materials to create costumes for themselves. Remind them that there is a need to coordinate their efforts (for example, all the dragonflies should look roughly the same).
8. For older students, challenge them to break up the story into parts, adding dialogue or extra scenes for new characters.
9. For younger students, ask for additional notes to be added to the book and read by the teacher/narrator.
10. Perform the play.
11. Afterwards, discuss how things did or didn’t follow the original story, explore why, and how the play might have gone differently.
Break students up into groups of 4-5 and ask them to write and produce their very own play based around an aquatic ecosystem like a nearby river, stream, pond or wetland.
1. Read one of the stories listed (see under Materials required), or another appropriate predetermined text.
2. Having become familiar with the story, brainstorm several lists on the board:
Who are the CHARACTERS in the story?
What are the SETTINGS?
What are the EVENTS in the story.
The point here is to come up with a brief outline of the plot. This should result in a list of characters, a list of settings and a rough outline of the plot. More importantly, though, it results in a class full of students who have really thought about the mechanics of the story, often in ways they never have before.
3. Begin to deal with just one item from the outline at a time. Start with the first one, but not necessarily. Write on the board. Scene One: and the first event from step 1.
4. Choose the requisite number of students and ask them to act out the scene. Do this several times with different groups, trying to involve as many students as possible.