Friday mid-morning blogging

Posted: June 24, 2011 by merryl in Uncategorized

ok DREAMers!  Create the lists (on paper) of activities you’ll take with you into your classroom and post a few on this or the previous post! There will be another prompt….soon!!!!!!!  You’re doing GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Heather says:

    I like the tableau idea. I think it could be a good opener for the first day. The kids create scenes of the way they felt getting up for the first day of school.

    I also like the puppets, but I am afraid that they may be too time consuming for the students to create.

    In terms of theater activities I would love to use the throwing of the names on the wall and the using animals in each corner to represent things. It could be a great way to incorporate science and arts. I can see the students looking to each corner of the room as they answer their questions on a test.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I really like and plan to use the visual art activity of using more foldables to show elements of story. I have used them more with nonfiction informational reports, but not so much with fictional stories. I also would like to teach my students to draw their portraits. I often do directed drawings of cartooney characters, but not realistically. This will be a new challenge for me. Theater arts activities I hope to implement are the ‘Something It’s Not” activity, tableau reproduction of fine arts prints, and some of the voice-projection activities. I have adopted the new mantra: “It is what it is!” I think we often get so preoccupied with the ‘perfection’ of the product, that the value of the process gets overlooked or minimized. That’s what I hope to change.

    • merryl says:

      Yes…and keep in mind that the artistic process is all about reflecting, reviewing, editing, changing, adapting…lots and lots before any final product!!!!! And, I rarely hold myself up to being “perfect.” That way I’m always ready for improvment!

  3. Lawrence says:

    I like the triarama activity. I really liked the warm-up theater activities and the hot seat with 5 story characters. I like the development of a story scene though this would be much more involved for students.

  4. Charles Finn says:

    I regularly do portraiture and human figure drawing, but I’d like to add puppets and other three-dimensional art work. My team partner and I were discussing this morning the idea of making a generic puppet that each student would have that could be costumed (like a paper doll) to become different characters as the need arises. That might save a bit of time, at least at the beginning of the year. Likewise we thought of making some generic set pieces to use at the beginning of the year. As the children acquire confidence and want to be more creative, they can make new, original pieces.

    I’d like to incorporate several theatre games into my daily routine. They take very little time and can be used as transitions. They’re also a great place to build skills that will be needed for later projects. To me, the biggest time-user will be adapting stories for the stage, whether there are human actors or puppets. Students have a hard time being both clear and concise at the same time, so I imagine there will be a lot of revision and workshopping before something is ready to be presented to an audience. This should move faster though as students gain experience.

    Things I’d really like to try: cartooning and cartoon book reports; puppetry; spending more time on visual literacy skills (a la Laurie’s presentation).

  5. Nancy says:

    The visual arts activitites of teaching body porportions and the triamas were my favorites, and I will use in my classroom. Comics will follow when I feel ready. Also, incorporating the elements of art when students are creating and interpreting art pieces is on my “to do” list. The theater activities I really liked and will use right away, are the warm-ups and creating puppets for the characters in our literature. Using fabric to create scenes would also be easy to implement. The objective and point of view exercises will take longer but I will bring in. So many exciting and motivational ideas! Thanks!

  6. bc says:

    I use a lot of dramatization and drama games with my class and now I will use Zip-Zap and throwing your name on the wall as well! would really like to use character interviews in my classroom. The group process of creating a new scene for a main character will take more time, however I feel it’s one of the most envigorating processes.

    I will use trioramas.

  7. Debbie says:

    Really like the bookmaking techniques and triaramas. We plan on using the triaramas at the very beginning of the year to create a scene and do a writing piece to accompany it.

  8. Liz says:

    On the first week of school, I will have my students practice oral speaking by introducing themselves using these sentence frames. My name is_________. My favorite color is ________. My favorite food is ____________. For each sentence they will speak to a different area of the audience.

  9. Myrna Gonzalez says:

    The portraits, definitely the self-portraits, are the very first thing that I am going to implement. We will start by writing a poem about “I am” and then draw the self portraits. I plan to bring in mirrors for the students to see their faces and then I’ll have them color them in. Too much fun!!! 🙂

  10. Jackie Algazi says:

    I will do a visual art component to every single story in the HM book. I will try to dedicate at least Friday afternoon one hour (last hour ) to a art workshop. I plan on creating at least two play and film them both or once. The details still need to be worked on….

  11. Diane says:

    Oh my goodness! In trying to list the activities, processes, and learning we have been doing this week, I just realized how much we have done! It’s mindboggling!! I plan to use our Icebreaker, Zip Zap, Name Throwing on the Wall, and sentence frames (with addressing different areas of the “audience”) all as ice breakers during our first week of school. I look forward to teaching the kids to store information in different corners of the room (with the aide of animals), tableau fine arts prints, and definitely perform puppet shows. I’d also like to do numerous other activities throughout the year, but there are just to many to name.

  12. Rebecca Vogel says:

    I will teach the kids how to draw a person with detail to the face. That way their artwork is much more enriched. I will also use some of the warm-up ideas from the theater portion. I will add more in, but want to start off more simply so that I do it!

  13. Monica says:

    I would like to incorporate the bookmaking, portrait drawings, and the landscape scenes. I also like some of the theater activities as brain-breaks between lessons or as transitions.

  14. Sara says:

    Here are some of the activities that I enjoyed and want to include in my teaching next year:
    Visual: accordion books, triorama, self portrait, puppet making
    Theater: interview characters, act out a poem/story, puppet show, reader’s theater

  15. Karol Bickel says:

    I like that through the blogging I’m reminded of different activities we’ve done this week. I really like the quick activities to do . I hope to do everyday. the name on the wall, Zip Zap etc. I know that I need to do more theater part through out the year and not just the visual that I do all the time.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    I enjoyed the entire puppet-making, make your own video…
    It was interesting to see all the “students” working together to create such create projects.

  17. cramirez says:

    The activities that I enjoyed the most and will incorporate in my teaching right away are the triorama, accordion books, the puppets, puppet show, interview character, Zip Zap, Bop, Boing!, as well as tableau.

  18. L.G. says:

    I will definately do the Zip-Zap game, tableau activity, developing visual literacy, creating puppets, 3D techniques in artwork, developing dramatization, and much more. I have learned so much and I’m excited to implement as much as I can throughout the year.

  19. Lilly says:

    There are so many activities I really liked. It’s hard to choose. But I would really like to do the triorama, sketching face, mini books, poetry theater, tableau with the literature we will cover.

  20. norma wales says:

    So inspiring!

  21. Elaine says:

    All the theater activities are do-able in the classroom. Loved the visual literacy piece – My students and I will be looking closely at the illustrations in addition to reading the text.

    The triorama can be used in so many ways and the book making ideas are great.

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