The Lexington Children’s Theater will present The Boxcar Children on October 16th, 22nd, and 23rd. Future kid-friendly shows include Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Madeline’s Christmas, Old Jake’s Skirts, Tales of a Shimmering Sky, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Sacagawea: Discovering History, and Goodnight Moon.
Are you taking your class to the theater this year? How will you make the most out of this enriching learning experience? Use this opportunity to make connections to social studies topics and literature. Here are some guidelines for lesson planning.
The week before…
Build background knowledge and introduce vocabulary.
Discuss the plot of the story or presentation of material.
Have students formulate questions.
Practice proper theatre etiquette.
The week after…
Answer student-formulated questions together.
Discuss character traits.
Discuss how the setting is depicted through scenery.
Create story or concept maps.
Discuss major themes and connect to real life.
Choose a major theme to expand on.
Show themes and resources:
Boxcar Children: family, survival, creativity, American literature, The Great Depression, perseverance, responsibility, maturity, wants vs. needs, etc…
- theatre school
- children’s literature lesson plans
- literature based reading
- Gertrude Warner Museum
- kids read
Tales of Edgar Allan Poe: poetry, descriptive writing, hardships, tragedy.
- Edgar Allan Poe teacher’s guide
- web english teacher
- discovery education
- read write think
- Poe museum
- knowing Poe
Madeline’s Christmas: French culture, poetry, adventure, holidays.
- you tube clips
- internet movie database
- Related second grade activities
Old Jake’s Skirts: social skills, generosity, resourcefulness, attitude.
- Old Jake study guide
- Amazon book review
Tales of a Shimmering Sky: African folktales, Native American storytelling, Taiwan culture, science.
- Amazon book reviews
- solar physics counting craters
- world of tales
- pbs kids
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom: modern literature, bullying, social acceptance.
- teaching resource
- Amazon book review
- teaching guide
Sacagawea: Discovering History: U.S. History, social studies, Lewis & Clark, Native Americans.
- Sacagawea biography
- Lewis & Clark content
- scholastic activities
- Lewis & Clark exhibit
- teacher’s guide
Goodnight Moon: poetry, wishes, evening routines, growing up.
- hubbards cupboard
- mother goose programs
- light and color
- activities book
- kids astronomy