You are here

"Giggle Poetry" Theater


Share

Subjects

  • Arts & Humanities
    --Language Arts
    --Literature
    --Visual Arts

Grade

  • 3-5
  • 6-8

Brief Description

Students perform the "Giggle Poetry Theater" scripts that are available for free online.

Objectives

Students

  • plan a performance.
  • gather or create props, sets, and costumes to use in their performances.
  • present their poems with great expression and humor.

Keywords

poetry, theater, funny, humorous, poem, silly

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

Have you taken a look around the Giggle Poetry Web site? There you will find hundreds of poems written by some of America's best-loved children's poets. And they're absolutely free! Explore the site, explore the lesson ideas, and share the interviews with poets with your students.

But be sure that you don't miss

the Poetry Theater section. There you'll find more than a dozen simple poem-scripts. Take a look, print them out. Most of the poems have two, maybe three, characters. Assign roles to students and have them work together to collect the props they will need, rehearse the poems, and present them to their classmates. Giggle "Poetry Theater" is an excellent and fun tool for teaching kids to read with expression.

Here is a list of poems in Giggle Poetry's "Poetry Theater" Collection. We have provided you with links to the poems and a list of the characters in each poem. The notes next to each character are intended to help you assign roles; you might not want to assign a large role to one of your weak readers. Besides, some of the smaller roles call for "Poetry Theater" superstars!

You might set the tone for this activity with the "Poetry Theater" poem "Empty-Headed". Print out the poem and cut the roles into slips. Have students read the roles in order. Then they all join in on the last two lines of the poem.
More Scripts, One at a Time...

"Lucky Trade"

  • Mother - small role
  • Child - medium role

"Ish"
  • Narrator - medium role
  • Grandmother - small role
  • Frederick - small role

"Samantha Cinderella Scott"

  • Doctor - large role
  • Narrator, Samantha - combine these two tiny roles; the student can create two fun voices for the different roles

"Rules for the Bus"

  • Child - large role
  • Driver - large role

"Get Out of Bed!"

  • Mom - medium role
  • Child - medium role

"Bad-Hair Day"

  • Student - small role
  • Classmates, Teacher - combine these two tiny roles

"Turn Off the TV!"

  • Child - large role
  • Mother, Father - combine these two tiny roles; the student can use a deep voice for the father and another tone for the mother

"I Went to the Doctor"

  • Child - large role
  • Doctor - medium role for a strong reader

"I Call First!"

  • Student 1 - medium role
  • Student 2 - medium role
  • Student 3 - medium role

"My Thumbies"

  • Child - large role
  • Mother - medium role

"My Doggy Ate My Homework"

  • Student - very large role
  • Teacher - tiny role (you, the teacher, might work with this student and play the role of the teacher)

"My Dog Has No Manners"

  • Child - large role
  • Mom - tiny role

The poems listed above have a total of 25 roles, enough for every student in most classrooms to have a role. If you need additional poem scripts, you'll find a handful more back on the main Giggle Poetry "Poetry Theater" page.

Extend the Lesson
Have students explore the extensive collection of poems on GigglePoetry.com to find a poem they would like to transform into a "Giggle Poetry Theater" presentation. This time, let students create the scripts!

Assessment

You might ask students to rate the best poetry performances. They can give "Poetry Theater" Oscars to the teams that did the best overall job, the most dramatic (aka funny) readings, and played their roles best. Additional awards might go to the teams that created the best sets, best props, and best costumes. In short, come up with an award to give to every "Poetry Theater" team!

Lesson Plan Source

EducationWorld.com

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Theatre
GRADES K - 4
NA-T.K-4.2 Acting By Assuming Roles and Interacting In Improvisations
NA-T.K-4.3 Designing by Visualizing and Arranging Environments for Classroom Dramatizations
NA-T.K-4.4 Directing By Planning Classroom Dramatizations
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-T.5-8.2 Acting By Assuming Roles and Interacting In Improvisations
NA-T.5-8.3 Designing by Visualizing and Arranging Environments for Classroom Dramatizations
NA-T.5-8.4 Directing By Planning Classroom Dramatizations

FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas

LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills

See more Lesson Plans of the Day in our Lesson Plan of the Day Archive. (There you can search for lessons by subject too.)

For additional lessons in the arts, see these Education World resources:

For additional language arts/reading lesson plans, see these Education World resources:

Education World®
Copyright© 2010 Education World

Originally published 04/18/2006
Last updated 03/22/2010





 

Comments