Theater Exercise: “JUMPING FROG!”
Grade Level: 1st and 6th grade (Elementary school)
Objective: Students will develop an awareness of conservation by creatively creating behaviors of endangered frogs to protect frogs and exploring the consequences of doing so through behaviors.
The students sit in a circle in front of the teacher. They are all after drawing posters to protect extinct frogs, a kind of environmental campaign called 'Save the frogs!' After looking at the student works, the teacher explains the frog conservation as follows.
Background (Teacher explain): Frogs are becoming extinct. We often hear the frogs lovely ribbit sounds disappear in the pond. Why is this? We are throwing away and polluting too many things. Due to climate change caused by environmental pollution, the earth is getting hotter, and frogs are changing into a more difficult habitat to survive. How can we keep these frogs from extinction?
1. The teacher demonstrates the behavior of a frog in a difficult situation. “A frog perched on a lily pad in a boiling pond.”
3.2.1 picture. Students will create their own creative poses.
2. The teacher looks at their poses and tells them another rule. “Poor Frog! If you jump like that, you will fall into a hot pond!” The teacher shouts “Save”. A hot pond turns into a rainbow when teacher says Save. 3.2.1 picture. Students create a frog on a rainbow action.
3. The teacher now shows the happy frog movement with the students' protection. “The frog dives happily into the pond, now safe on the rainbow again.” 3.2.1 picture. Students will make cool poses as if they were skydiving.
This class is designed as an eco-friendly theater exercise class that takes a posture to protect endangered frogs. Students will save frogs by taking free and creative poses based on conservation awareness.
Note and Refection: I realized that the first chapter of Real-world Theater Education: A Teacher's Guide to Growing a Theater Education Program was the first step towards practical theater education. This book is useful and provides detailed descriptions and explanations of the information we need to know from the professional aspect of a theater teacher, such as interview response, problem-solving, examples of contingencies, use of nearby resources, and requests for help. When I decided on this project's motion, I connected it with my drawing project. In other words, the goal of my class is to make students aware of nature conservation (frogs) through a theater education class linked to “Save the Frogs!”, one of the painting classes. In this sense, I made it by setting the frog's behavior. As stated in Chapter 1, it was helpful that elementary school education should be conducted in a step-by-step, clearly communicated process and taught to the point precisely because of the short attention span. Using the five senses, stimulating innocence, and creating a play-oriented plan was helpful. And, as presented in the book, there is a risk of accidents or safety everywhere, just like Murphy's Law, so taking this into account, children fully exercise their creativity in a safe and comfortable area, have fun with a pure heart, and learn the movements suggested by the teacher with simple points. It is designed to be followed together.
Myungja Anna Koh