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Integrating Drama with Science and History

Lesson Objective: Use the arts to deepen understanding of science and history
Grades 6-8 / Science / History

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How does using movement help students to learn and retain information about molecules?
  2. Where could you imagine integrating movement into your own teaching practice?
  3. How does using interviews help students deepen their understanding of explorers?

16 Comments

  • Private message to Brannon Boswell

These classes were perfect examples of how to implement theatre practices into a core subject. By having the students get up and "dance as molecules" the teacher was creating a visual and kinesthetic memory that the students could recall. I think antime you can get the students out of their seats, you create stronger connections to the material.  They learn by doing, and therefore create a stronger memory of the skills and knowledge being taught.  By having the students perform interviews in character, you are creating space for them to take responsibility for their  learning and it gets them to engage with their peers in the sharing of knowledge.  

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  • Private message to Fausto Junior Gomez
Role-Play is an outstanding strategy for teachers to implement in the classroom. I truly look forward to applying the history-related portion in my 7th grade class, because it will be very engaging for my students to get the opportunity to apply it in their social studies class.
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  • Private message to Oktafina Maroso
I like how the way they apply this learning method, because through this method wich is role play, the student could understand easily the abstract materials as a contextual learning. when the students apply what they have learnt , they wil be able to memorize and understand the materials deeply as they save and process all knowledge in longterm memory.
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  • Private message to Yu Wen Chen
I like how you made the students act out the elements because not only it made the activity more interesting , but it would also help them remember the elements and their functions easily.
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  • Private message to Talia Venancio
I liked the idea of using a dance in science and an interview in history because students seemed engaged and curious to know what would happen next. The interview activity also gave students the opportunity to learn about sourcing websites and information, which means that students learn more than they may have if using a different activity. With what grades would the interviews and the dances work the best? Are there any grades that the activities did not work particularly well with?
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