Classes For Grades K-3
Animal Stories of How & Why: an introduction to storytelling
Students create their own “pourquois tales” to explain how the leopard got her spots or why the fish lives underwater. Students become their animals, experimenting with voice and movement. A great pre-writing activity!
My Imaginary Friend the Superhero
An introduction to plot and character through drawing, movement, and storytelling. Students create their Imaginary Friend and his or her adventures—another excellent pre-writing workshop.
Letters From the Woods: pen pal with a Troll
Margareta the Troll is small enough to play leapfrog with a real frog–and she loves to write letters! Students practice friendly letters to enhance literacy and writing skills. Margareta’s letters are beautifully done in calligraphy pen, accompanied by hand-colored maps, family tree charts and photos of plants and animals mentioned in her stories.
This “distance residency” may be coupled with “Telling Troll Tales.”
Telling Troll Tales
The Troll under the bridge gets a story all to him- (or her-) self as students let their imaginations roam! Students learn about setting, characters, climax and dialogue by drawing their own Story Stages and performing for their peers.
The Flip-side of Fairytales: old stories get a new twist
There’s more to “Cinderella” than Disney’s version! Students read and hear different versions of classic stories to discover what happens when Cinderella moves to New York City or the Big Bad Wolf isn’t really bad. Using oral storytelling techniques and drawing Story Stages, students create and share original fairytales.
The Juicer: get your creative juices flowing
Great as a supplement to science, social studies and literacy projects. Students get outside the box using theatre techniques, guided imagery, movement and more!