Promoting engagement is a key factor in creating an effective classroom environment. In my classroom, I use drama in a variety of ways and have always found it to be a wonderfully engaging motivator for my students. These Task Cards are a fantastic resource to help you bring drama and enhance engagement in your class.
There are 36 cards in this pack. Each card a general overview of a drama activity which you can run in your classroom. I like to do a different task each week in order to maintain variety and ensure engagement is held throughout the year.
Here are just a few ways I have used these cards in my classroom. I’d love to hear from you regarding ways you find them successful !
1) Drama Lesson
After forming groups (I find 3 or 4 per group works best), the teacher allocates a card to each. Groups are given a set time to create and rehearse as well as perform their role play. I find the best results come from tight time frames of 5 to 7 minute creation/rehearsal and approximately 2 minute performance.
Before each performance, read out the 3 elements and ask the audience to ensure that all are included.
2) Time Filler
Great for when you have a spare few mins before a break or in between lessons. Simply select three or four students to form a group and perform with minimal planning time.
3) Ice Breakers for start of year
Use at the beginning of the year to allow students to get to know each other and instil self confidence.
Use as story starter writing prompts for individual or whole class tasks.
I hope you, and your students, have as much fun using this resource as I have !
Trevor O’Neill - Super School Stuff