Students have been practicing Reader's Theatre during daily Book Club. (Readers Theatre is a highly motivational reading strategy that provides a context for authentic reading. Students read to convey meaning using their voice, facial expressions, and gestures. ) A small group of students was really excited about this and used Choice time to create several paper bag puppets based on the characters from their play which they then used to tell the story. Students worked on several puzzles and one student fined tuned his 3D drawing skills. Mikaela returned for our Spring Quarter for group music class and individual music lessons, and students have been practicing their new skills during Choice. Outside, students have created a Fairy Village in the snowbank complete with a church, store, bank, movie theatre, bonfires, housing and a park with a waterfall! Embellishments were added with water color paints creating quote a colorful and fun tableau!
We began our Theatre Journey this week with a special guest! Becky Cummings, actor/director/teacher extraordinaire, joined us to kick off our week of Exploration. In hands-on workshops, students learned about different elements of being an actor. We explored our voices, our movements, our roles as audience members, and our improvisational skills. We stretched our imaginations as we created new ways of entering and exiting the space, partner sculptures, and 1 minute plays. We brainstormed 20 questions that we had about theater and we will work towards discovering answers over the next few weeks. All students seem really energized and excited about being on stage and working towards our goal of creating a show!
We concluded our week with our first of four Nordic ski days at Bretton Woods. Students gathered together for a lesson and it was a beautiful, sunny day at Bretton Woods.