Arts-infused lessons offer learners an in-depth understanding of the curriculum while sparking curiosity, building empathy, and developing communication and teamwork!

Completed Arts-Integrated Lessons

These engaging plans put learning and creating in the hands of the students. Each lesson plan includes daily activities that combine standards-based curriculum and theatre. Students will research and explore concepts and vocabulary while developing writing and storytelling skills. Each lesson ends with student generated plays and performances!

Animal Habitat

3rd and 4th grades

4 - 5 days

45 - 55 minutes

Students research and explore the five animal categories (bird,fish, mammal, reptile, and amphibian) and their habitats. The lesson culminates with student-written plays that incorporate vocabulary and solutions to changing habitats.

The Feudal System

5th and 6th grades

4 - 5 days

45 - 55 minutes

This lesson explores the hierarchy of the Feudal System while incorporating Figurative Language and Shakespeare. It culminates with student-written plays that incorporate vocabulary and figurative language.

Revolutionary War

3rd and 4th grades

4 - 5 days

45 - 55 minutes

This lesson explores the cuases of the Revolutionary War and introduces the elements of storytelling and playwrighting. It culminates with student-written plays that incorporate vocabulary and historical characters from the Revolutionary War

Classroom Activities

Slow Motion Samurai

For groups of 5 - 20

Recommended for kids and adults ages 5+

One round takes about 10 minutes

Needs about 3 square feet per person

- Each player picks a spot in the play area and assumes the samurai position (arms crossed in an X in front of them).

- When the instructor says go, each player attempts to touch their "sword" (forearm) to the other player's body, moving VERY VERY SLOWLY.

- If a player is touched anywhere but their swords, they must die a slow and painful death (the more theatrical the better).

- The last player standing is THE WINNER!

Notes: any player moving faster than "slow motion" is immediately disqualified, at your discretion. Players can block each other's swords with their own swords, but blocking must also be in SLOW MOTION. Although there can only be one samurai left standing, you should also give awards for BEST/SILLIEST DEATHS. This is theatre after all.

Dead Fish

For groups of 5 - 20

Recommended for kids and adults ages 5+

About 15 minutes

Needs a relatively open space

- Teacher calls out an object, animal, etc. and students become it.

- Students are only allowed to use BODY and IMAGINATION!

Notes: this is the perfect game for teaching about animals and plant life in regions of the planet – the Rainforest, Tundra, Antarctica, etc. For more advanced versions, see the full instructiors.

Story Stew

For groups of 5 - 15

Recommended for kids 5 - 10

Takes about 25 minutes

Needs about 3 square feet per person

Paper, pencils, bowls (optional)

- Players brainstorm examples of Character, Setting, and Problem.

- Players find their "spotlights." They must stay in their spotlight for the rest of the game!

- Call out Characters, Settings, and Problems from the list.

Notes: for level two, you can invite two students to perform characters from the list at a time while the other students guess. For level three, give the two actors characters, a setting, and a problem.

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