Engage creative thinking skills and spark the imagination with tthis idea for a classroom theater production!
Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: Zoe Brown is unhappy. She thinks her teacher gave her the most boring topic for her computer classs Web site project. When Zoe starts her research, she finds an unusual online source that provides her with important -- possibly life-saving -- information that changes her mind about her assignment.
Roles: Narrators 1 and 2, Ms. Java, Zoe Brown, Cumulus the Cloud, Tornado, Hurricane, Lightning, Nina, Brad, students in class
Setting: present day, computer classroom and home
Theme(s): weather, weather safety, creating a Web site
Props: (Optional) envelopes, desk for Ms. Java; chair, desk, computer or picture of a computer; large sheet of paper for Zoe; chairs and picture of a school bus for Zoe, Brad and Nina; student-made or researched pictures of a cumulus cloud, tornado, hurricane and lightning
Follow-Up Activities: Discuss with students the types of weather conditions that affect your area. Ask them if any of those conditions were mentioned in the play. Then have students research safety information related to your local weather. You also might have students create with their families emergency plans for weather disasters. In addition, you might want to use this play as a motivation or follow-up activity for building a class Web site.
Additional Notes: Get the basics about building a Web site from the Education World technology article You Can Create a Class Web Site. That feature provides a step-by-step guide plus additional resources on Web design.
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Article by Lois Lewis
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