Drama! It brings out the risk-taking, creativity in all kids and everyone has so much fun! These printable cards are an incredibly fun speaking and listening activity, just one of my drama circle activities that I use to practice the trans-disciplinary skills of cooperation, social, communication and thinking to name a few. One card begins the round and each child has to act out the instructions on their card, following on from the previous card. The language within this activity focuses on the IB attitudes and the Learner Profile traits, thus reinforcing the children’s knowledge and understanding of the IB’s academic vocabulary. It is great for literacy centers activties as well as cooperative group work.
Simply gather the children into a seated circle, shuffle the cards and distribute a card to each child. The start card leads the way and the children have to read their own instructions on their card and then listen and look for the actions and words from the acting of each person so that they know when to take their turn. This is developing listening and observational skills as well as communication, presentation and thiking skills. Not every card requires speaking; some ask only for miming.
There are 2 sets of 28 cards within this packet, an instruction card and title card for your centers if you wish. They can be used for 3rd-6th grade and used within a whole class scenario or smaller groups, where the children are given several task cards to read and act from. ( One set is numbered and the other is not, thus adding to the challenge.)
The cards are differentiated in such a way that some have more text than others. You can distribute the cards to your students as you see necessary.
The concept of drama circles is a great ice-breaking activity or a fun review of the IB language. It works well as a refresher of the trans-disciplinary skills prior to the Exhibition also.
You can find more ideas and freebies for the IB PYP on my blog at www.coolteachingtools.blogspot.com.
~ Susan Powers