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discussions, exercises, games before and after the play
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Websites for Kid Frankenstein
Resources for ArtReach's Kid
Own Frankenstein Monster:
to build a Frankenstein monster...
BrainPop Lesson Ideas:
to Celebrate National Frankenstein Day:
Shelley used ideas, events, places to invent her famous monster:
A List of
Movies Based on Frankenstein:
movie history: The good, bad and ugly:
Halloween is a psychological ritual for kids and adults:
Frankenstein the Movie 1931:
Activities for Kids:
Music, Creative Writing and More
with the Sleeping Beauty
VERSIONS: Read both versions of the story and discuss which elements
are similar and which are different. The castle, fairies, prince,
spinning wheel and the kiss are in both stories. These stories were
written many years ago. Why do you think these are the parts of
the stories that we remember the most?
TALES: The Brothers Grimm did not think that they were creating
fairy tales. They were more interested in collecting stories that
ordinary people told each other. Perrault used folk tales and added
to them to create his own story. Discuss how the reasons for both
directions. Consider the stories of another famous fairy tale writer,
Hans Christian Andersen. Is he more like the Grimms or Perrault?
Read the section on the history of fairies in this Teachers
guide. How do fairies differ from living humans? Are they real or
imaginary? Why do you think these beings play such a strong role in
so many fairy tales? Do you like to pretend that you have a fairy as
a friend. Describe your personal fairy and tell the class what
magical powers your fairy has and why. Write a short story about how
your fairy helped you in a trouble that you have at home, on the
playground or at school.
Beauty in the Classroom!
Greenbier Valley Youth Theatre
TALES: Now that you have considered fairies, what do you think makes
up a fairy tale? What must the fairy do in order to make the story
end happily? If you were a fairy what things would you do to make
things end happily in real life?
WRITING: Have the class write a fairy tale together. Remember to
include the Princess, the Prince, the good fairies and the bad
fairies. To help them create the story, provide them with settings
such as the forest, a mountain, a castle, an island in the sea. Set
it in the past or consider setting their story in the future which
might include cities and outer space. Roll out paper on the floor and
have them draw and paint different scenes from their own story.
WHEELS: Read the section in this Teachers guide about spinning
wheels. What do spinning wheels do and how do they work? How might a
person prick their finger on such a device? Why did they use spinning
wheels in the past but not today?
IN THE MIDDLE AGES: Talk about how the spinning wheel was one of the
chores of a medieval family. Read the section in this Teachers
Guide about Life in a Medieval Village. What other chores might they
do that we do not do today? Would you like to live in those times or
do you think it is better to live today? What might be better? What
might be worse.
Listen to a recording of The Sleeping Beauty ballet by Pyotr
Tchaikovsky. Much of the music in the play is taken from this ballet.
Listen to various movements and discuss how the tempo and composition
enhances the story. Can you pick out which parts are identified with
Morgana and which parts are identified with the fairies?
Activities & Discussions from ArtReach's Teacher's Guide for The
OF SWEETS: Imagine you could enter Clara's gingerbread castle
and pass through to a fantasy land. Clara visits a land that is
filled with candy. What kind of place would you like to
visit? What would you like to see there? Animals,
cartoons, toys, stars and planets? Draw a picture of your own
PLUM FAIRY: Many years ago, when Tchaikovsky wrote the
Nutcracker, children were used to receiving sugarplums for
Christmas. What kind of treats do you look forward to?
Ask a grownup for a recipe book and ask them to help you make treats
for your class.
Divide the class up between mice and toy soldiers. Huddle with
your group like football players do and think up a strategy to
win. Play the Tchaikovsky music for the battle scene in the
Nutcracker and have your own battle!
What's the craziest dream you ever had? What's the
scariest? Draw a picture of your dream and show it to the
class. Have students give each other suggestions on what they
would do if they found themselves in that dream situation.
Holiday Fun for Families!
GIFTS: Fritz thought Clara's gift, a nutcracker was ugly and
strange. What strange gift have you received? Talk about
how you feel when you get an unusual gift. Do you hate it or
try to love it as Clara did? What are the advantages of
accepting a gift you might not have expected? Consider the
gifts you will give this Christmas and tell your friends why you have
chosen to give those items.
Choose an instrument from the orchestra in the list shown in this
guide. Imagine that the instrument is actually a character or
an animal. How does it sound, walk, sing? Put a silly
orchestra together with your friends. Try singing Christmas
carols together - stay in character as you sing for a kooky song!
The Nutcracker music was written for ballet. Play some of the
different parts of the music and ask kids to make up their own
dances. It can be any kind of dance they enjoy. Have the
kids discuss their favorite dances and then do them together.
those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their
lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws
stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into
the flowers of discovery."
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