• Popsicle Puppet Theatre™

    Class Description
  • In Broadway Exploration’s “Popsicle Puppet Theatre” classes, children will perform a famous fairy or folk tale using their very own handmade puppets!  Tales are age and grade appropriate. Inspired by Dance Exploration’s 5 Methods of Learning, Broadway Exploration also follows 5 methods of learning: Discovery, Creation, Expression, Acceptance, and Movement. Each class begins with Discovery. In this part of class students Discover the legends and stories behind the famous folk tale they are recreating, its history, writers and the story and characters within. Discovery includes understanding character and setting development, plot structure, and the conflict and resolution of the tale they are studying. The Creation Method of Education involves, with the help of the Broadway Exploration Educator, creating their own handmade puppets and sets for them to perform in. Students must also Create a story map based on the fairy tale so that an easy to follow script can be written! To implement the Expression Method, each child is given an opportunity to place their stamp on the play as class is conducted in a “round table” style so each child can express their ideas and thoughts. The Broadway Exploration Educator will ensure each child’s creative signature is featured throughout the production. The Acceptance Method, includes children learning how the unique talents and skill set of their classmates can be utilized in the production so that everyone has a moment to shine. The Movement Method includes learning how to manipulate and move the puppets in space to best tell the story.  All the hard work of student and Educator is shared at the final class when students put on their performance for friends and family!

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  • Class Details

    • Grades:
      1st-8th
    • Class Style:
      Student/Teacher Collaboration
    • Class Length:
      60 Minutes
    • Student to Teacher Ratio:
      1:15
  • What will my Child Learn?

    Gross and Fine Motor Development
    • Students will learn how to manipulate their puppets to make them move.
    • Students will improve fine motor skills as they make their own puppets.
    Cognitive Development
    • Students will learn the five essential elements of a story including the characters, setting, plot, conflict and resolution
    • Students will improve their reading comprehension as they are challenged to write a script that retells a famous folk or fairy tale.
    • Students will be able to explain and understand the author’s history and biography for the story they are studying.
    • Students will learn the different types of puppets and techniques to puppetry.
    Social and Emotional Development
    • Children will learn to interact with other children as they work together to write a script that retells a popular story.
    • Students learn how to wait patiently, take turns and work cooperatively in a group
    • Students will be able to express themselves and ideas through different character choices and roles.
    • Students will learn how to listen, take direction and follow instructions from a teacher or director.
    Language Skills
    • Each week students will learn about a different type of puppet, the origin of the puppet, and how to manipulate the puppet so it moves.
    • Students will improve their reading skills and comprehension as they must read a popular folklore or fairy tale and retell the story using puppetry.
    • Students will learn how to express their needs, desires and problems to their director and their peers.
  • Our Teaching Method

    6 Methods of Dance™
    • Discovery

      Discovery includes understanding character and setting development, plot structure, and the conflict and resolution of the book, play or musical they are studying. It will also include learning about the era, genre or history based on the setting of the production. Lastly, discovery will include learning about the people involved in creating the original plays or musicals being performed.

    • Expression

      To implement the Expression Method, each child is given an opportunity to place their stamp on the play or musical being performed as class is conducted in a “round table” style so each child can express their ideas and thoughts. The Broadway Exploration Educator will ensure each child’s creative signature is featured throughout the production.

    • Acceptance

      Once the structure of the play has been created, children are now put to the test as they must audition for their roles in the production. Like a professional Broadway Play, there are no small parts! Everyone is important and an integral part to the production! In larger classes there may be two casts that have the opportunity. Some classes may even have understudy casts that may have a chance to fill in when other children are absent. Learning to Audition and accept the roles received is an important lesson in Acceptance, another method of education in the Broadway Exploration classes offered by Dance Exploration.

    • Creation

      The Creation Method of Education involves, with the help of the Broadway Exploration Educator, creating characters for the stage production, writing the script following the book’s synopsis and brainstorming ensemble characters that will complete the production. Creating a story map based on the book will be a collaborative effort between Educator and student and ensures that no two productions of the same book will be the same! In the cases of plays or musicals that have already been created, students will have the opportunity to create their own costumes and sets for the production.

    • Movement

      After the play has been written and cast the real fun begins as children learn the rehearsal process. This is where the Movement Method is incorporated. Actors and Actresses may be asked to move around and through space. Learning important stage directions will be imperative. Some plays may even incorporate a simple dance routine!

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