Making the Thundercake Lesson

Making the Thundercake Lesson A roll of thunder. A pitter pat of rain. A creaky old door. What connects all these things? They are sound effects that evoke a mysterious, scary mood! Based on the book Thundercake by Patricia Polacco, this lesson is designed to teach students in grades 3-5 how to create mood using … Read more

Halloween Night Poem

Halloween Night Poem Witches, goblins and ghosts… oh my! This spooky Halloween-themed adventure provides the perfect opportunity for students in grades 2-6 to practice transformation, collaboration and creating sound effects. You may also integrate Language Arts into this lesson by discussing how these factors can help create a setting. We have included some step-by-step delivery … Read more

Creating Mood

Creating Mood Lesson Creating mood effectively is one of the most important lessons young actors can learn. In this lesson, students can practice using their imagination and concentration skills to create mood for a variety of different scenarios. This lesson gives students a chance to hone their ability to imagine their given circumstances, while using … Read more

The Old House Poem

The Old House Poem This haunted house contains a surprise that no one could ever guess… In this poem, two kids visit a spooky old house where there may or may not be a ghost. Students in grades 3-7 will have so much fun with this poem! Opportunities for skill building include: adding details, using … Read more

Sound Catch: Advanced #2 Activity

Sound Catch: Advanced #2 Activity Building on Sound Catch and Sound Catch: Advanced #1, participants add gestures and facial expressions to their sounds as they continue to deepen their characterizations.

Sound Catch: Advanced #1 Activity

Sound Catch: Advanced #1 Activity Building on Sound Catch, participants transform sounds into conversation as they role play characters. They will explore how voice can reveal emotion and subtext.   Then you can move on to Sound Catch Advanced activity #2.

Sound Catch Activity

Sound Catch Activity Working on the voice, participants toss sounds to each other and around a circle. You may wish to follow this exercise with the Vocal Environment activity.  Sound Catch Journal Grade 6  To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For this activity, we … Read more

Pirate’s Treasure Activity

Pirate’s Treasure Activity Participants attempt to steal a pirate’s treasure without being caught! This is an excellent activity to encourage concentration and listening skills. You will need a spray bottle. 

Hunter and Hunted Activity

Hunter and Hunted Activity Two blindfolds are needed as one actor must find another using sound only.  We provided specific rules to this activity to practice specific skills.  Listening and concentration are the focal point of this activity.  This will definitely get people moving around which is good for combining with physical activity.

Give and Take Activity

Give and Take Activity This activity, designed for the older participants (6th grade and up), teaches the ability to work cooperatively with each other as the focus of a scene.  Actors learn to “Give and Take” in this in-depth acting exercise that leads to improvisational scene work.