Fun Start of Year Activities (Classroom & Relationship Building)
This six-page pdf packet contains several activities you can use in your class to introduce drama to younger students, serve as an introduction to Improv (dramatic improvisation) to high school students, or keep in your substitute folder for when you arrive in a class with no lesson plans. Students of all ages will find these drama activities fun and engaging.
Contained within are as follows:
- Two class Warm-Up activities including full instructions ("Shark" and "Don't Squeeze the Queen")
- The Five Key Elements in Improv (one-page Handout or can serve as Teacher Notes)
- Improv Activity: Fifteen Improv Scene Suggestions (with instructions)
- Additional twelve other drama/Improv games which you can play with your students, including Circle Stories, Improv Grid, and Location Freezer.
I am not a Drama teacher by training, but I have ended up teaching Drama over the course of my career. I have used these activities in my Grade 8 - 10 Drama classes to excellent success, but it could easily work for Grades 6 - 12. When teaching the Improve Activity with older students, I have assigned marks out of five based upon the Five Key Improv Elements, as listed in this packet.