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The purpose of this grant is to give students many opportunities for simple action and movement that include extensive dialogue, strongly defined characters, and story interpretation using story-theater techniques. This approach will help primary level children to develop listening and vocabulary skills as they must attend closely to the words of the story in order to know what actions to perform; develop oral language and help students become comfortable speaking in front of their peers. Puppetry and drama allow students to develop a greater understanding of themselves and their world.

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Story Theater and Puppets in Spanish Classroom

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School:
Sanderlin PK-8 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Eleonora Branson 
Students Impacted:
450 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
February 2, 2015

Investor

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $500.00

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Goal

The purpose of this grant is to give students many opportunities for simple action and movement that include extensive dialogue, strongly defined characters, and story interpretation using story-theater techniques. This approach will help primary level children to develop listening and vocabulary skills as they must attend closely to the words of the story in order to know what actions to perform; develop oral language and help students become comfortable speaking in front of their peers. Puppetry and drama allow students to develop a greater understanding of themselves and their world. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students and the teacher can make choices about how they will interpret a story using story-theater techniques. We might decide that the narrator(s) will read or tell the story, including the dialogue spoken by the characters. This is the best approach for the children whose reading skills are emerging (K-2grade). Older students or the teacher will read or tell the entire story using the puppets, setting decorations, and stage.
Skits may include any activity from acting out a scene in a storybook to presenting a full theatrical production. Skits created and performed by students can be a successful supplement to the classroom experience. Skits can provide a strong motivation for language learning as play production can foster cultural proximity allowing learners to participate in the new culture, thus developing sensitivity to speakers of the target language.
We already are using some elements of drama in my classroom. The “Red Riding Hood” puppet show had great success not only among my young students but also among older students. I have recorded the play and posted it on our morning TV show so that the whole school could enjoy it once more.
 

 

Benefits to my students

• Children learn about themselves and the world.
• Children develop important complex social and higher order thinking skills.
• Children cultivate social and emotional intelligence.
• Children synthesize knowledge and skills.
• Children enhance capacity for cognitive flexibility and creativity
• Children develop abstract thinking
 

 

Describe the Students

I teach K-5 Spanish to International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) students. My student population includes gifted and talented, ESE, struggling and high performers. All the students will benefit from learning by enhancing their Spanish experience using drama and story telling.  

 

Budget Narrative

It is critical to provide students with fun and engaging tools that will prepare them for effective functioning outside the classroom. To ensure success in the Spanish classroom, the enrichment of the Spanish classroom will provide this opportunity, and ensure success in language learning. To achieve this goal, the teacher may build in time for dramatic play by planning for a rich, stimulating, and frequently changing environment in the classroom dramatic play center. A well-equipped drama play space will encourage dramatic play and puppet shows as an integral part of the child’s school experience.
The puppets can be incorporated into the instruction of thematic units such as animals, occupations, food, family, etc.
The acting out of familiar stories in Spanish is also very beneficial. Puppets from classic stories such as The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Three Little Pigs can be placed in the puppet center for the students to recreate the stories using the puppets. The puppets can be incorporated into the instruction of thematic units such as animals, occupations, food, family AND MANY MORE !
 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Pretend & Play Standing Puppet Theater $130.00
2 Puppets $200.00
3 Props $170.00
  Total: $500.00

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