General Course Information and Notes
Version DescriptionThird-grade* theatre students strengthen their knowledge of such theatre skills and concepts as storytelling, plot, pantomime, and awareness of the audience-performer relationship through imagination and creative dramatics. High-quality children's literature, including prose and poetry, continues to provide a strong foundation for development of their theatrical, literacy, and life skills as students begin to learn about history, culture, and the technical elements used to create theatre. Readers' Theatre may be introduced at this level, contributing to students' vocabulary acquisition and reading fluency, and both vocal and physical techniques are instituted as prerequisites for character analysis. Students add to their vocabulary through readings, group discussions, and development of simple scripts. As students play, move, and create together, they continue to develop important skills such as teamwork, acceptance, respect, critical thinking, and responsibility that will help students be successful in the 21st century.
General NotesAll instruction related to Theatre benchmarks should be framed by the Big Ideas and Enduring Understandings. Non-Theatre benchmarks listed in this course are also required and should be fully integrated in support of arts instruction.
* Intermediate Theatre 1, 2, and 3 have been designed in two ways: 1) to challenge students on grade level who have previously taken classes in this content area; and 2) to challenge students whose education in this content area has been delayed until the intermediate elementary grades. Theatre teachers of classes in Grades 3, 4, and 5 should select the most appropriate course level in the series based on each group's prior experience, the benchmarks, and available instruction time. Once elementary students have entered the series, they must progress to the next course in sequence.
- A 3rd grade class that may or may not have taken Theatre previously should be enrolled in Intermediate Theatre 1 and progress through the series in subsequent grades.
- 4th graders beginning formal instruction in Theatre for the first time may be enrolled, as a class, in Upper Elementary Theatre 1, and must then progress to Intermediate Theatre 2 in the following year.
Special Note: This class may include opportunities to participate in extra rehearsals and performances beyond the school day.
Original Student Tutorials
In this SaM-1 video, students will use their listening and writing skills to watch a video to learn about the affects temperature has on sea turtles' nests, preparing them for an investigation in subsequent lessons within the unit.
Type: Original Student Tutorial
In this SaM-1 video, students will use their listening and writing skills to learn about sea turtles, preparing them for subsequent lessons in the unit.
Type: Original Student Tutorial
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