Drama Activities For the Classroom

Adding drama activities to your classroom's curriculum is a great way to get your students working together cooperatively. No matter the age of your kids, a drama activity can be a great tool for learning.

The Name Game
This drama activity is perfect for the first day of class, to help both students and teachers learn one another's names.

How to Play: Have your students sit or stand in a circle. Tell your students that in this game you're pretending to have a class picnic. Everyone must bring something that starts with the first letter of their name. For example, the first student might say, "My name is Caroline, and I am bringing some Cookies." The next person says his name and item, and then repeats the first student's name and item: "My name is Michael, I am going to bring Mushrooms. This is Caroline, who is bringing Cookies." Each person in turn introduces himself, says what they are bringing, and repeats the name and item of each of the students before him. This game gets trickier as it goes along, and so you may wish to encourage your students to help out when someone gets stuck by offering pantomimed clues.

Yes and...
This classic improv game is a great way to encourage teamwork and cooperation among your students.

How to play: Divide your class into pairs. Each pair gets up in front of the class in turn, to perform a two-minute improvised scene. At the beginning of the scene, the first student will begin with a line of dialogue; for example, "What a horrible rainstorm this is!"

The second student must then say, "Yes, and..." and then add to the scene; for example, "Yes, and we've forgotten our umbrella!"

The scene then continues, with each line beginning with "Yes, and..."

The Story Game
Another Improv classic, this kids' drama activity is not only great for teaching cooperation, it's also great for teaching your students the basic elements of a story.

How to play: Students stand in a circle and take turns contributing one line each to a story. The game follows the following structure:

Once upon a time...
Every day...
Until one day...
Because of that...
Because of that...
Until finally...
Ever since that day...

For example: the first student might say, "Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved flowers" The second student might then add, "Every day she walked through the forest gathering a big bouquet."  The third student would then add, "Until one day, when she ran into a large brown bear who shouted, -Why are you picking those flowers!'" and so on, until the story is complete.

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