ThinkTheatre In-Person Residencies

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Enrich curriculum with drama-based pedagogy designed for your classroom

With the help of local support, national and regional funders, and private benefactors, Gulfshore Playhouse’s ThinkTheatre in-person theatre program pairs core curriculum with performing arts education. Professional teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to create unique residencies designed to benefit the particular student group of each class. This model allows ThinkTheatre to best reach the unique set of learners participating in each session.

For More Information or to Schedule a Residency

Steven Calakos
Director of Education

Email [email protected] or call 239-261-7529 ext. 207

The Hungry Caterpillar

Kindergarten Language Arts

Length: 5 days, 50 minutes each

Standards: Language Arts:

  • LA.K.5.2.4: The students will recite short poems, rhymes, songs, and stories with repeated patterns
  • LA.K.1.2.3: The student will recognize and produce words that rhyme.

Objective: The students will be able to perform a staged version of the book “The Hungry Caterpillar” by incorporating new words and objects that they have learned.

Description: Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute lesson for a classroom composed of kindergarten students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on language arts standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By examining The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, students will learn new words through activities focused on using new vocabulary words presented in the read-aloud and applying them through song, movement, and mime. Through utilizing theatre skills and drama-based pedagogy, students will gain oral interpretation skills by reading the story out loud, as well as incorporate body language and gestures to stories through tableaus and singing songs.

Money Jump!

Grade 1 Mathematics

Length: 5 days, 50 minutes each

Mathematic Standards:

  • Cluster 2 MAFS.1.MD.2 : Work with time and money.

Theatre Standards:

  • Big Idea TH.2.S: Skills, Techniques, and Processes
  • Big Idea TH.2.F: Innovation, Technology, and the Future

Objective: The students will be able to count and recognize different values of money by working together to estimate different prices for various objects while also being the money values.

Description: Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute workshop for a classroom composed of first grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on money and Florida mathematics standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By identifying the values of coins and prices, the first grade students will not only understand the prices and multiple value combinations, they will also be able to speak clearly, connect physically, and experiment with fundamental theatre skills. In addition, this lesson will enhance the students’ abilities in public speaking, engagement, creativity, and improvisation.

Weathering the Storms

Grade 2 Science

Length: 5 days, 50 minutes each

Science Standards:

  • Big Idea SC.2.E.7: Earth Systems and Patterns

Theatre Standards:

  • Big Idea TH.2.S: Skills, Techniques, and Processes
  • Big Idea TH.2.F: Innovation, Technology, and the Future

Objective: The students will be able to recognize the different hazards of each Florida storm by acting out certain drills based on the intensity of each storm that has been read off in a public service announcement.

Description: Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute in school workshop each day for a week for a classroom composed of second grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on natural science standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By examining different weather patterns and storms, the second grade students will not only identify the different types of weather alerts and prepare for major storms, they will also be able to speak clearly, connect physically, and experiment with fundamental theatre skills. In addition, this lesson will enhance the students’ abilities in public speaking, engagement, creativity, and improvisation.

Picture This!

Grade 3 Language Arts

Length: 5 days, 50 minutes each

Language Arts Standards:

  • LAFS.3.SL.2 Cluster 2: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
    LAFS.3.SL.2.4: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

Objective: The students will be able to convey important story plot points through staging tableaus and stage pictures of various well-known fairy tales.

Description: Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute workshop for a classroom of third grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on Florida language arts standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. Through utilizing theatre skills and drama-based pedagogy, students will gain storytelling techniques by acting out a story using detailed physicality, body language and gestures. Students will identify impactful methods of both physical and storytelling through examining a popular children’s book. By physically embodying well-known fairy tales through stage pictures and tableaus, students will examine what good storytelling entails, focusing on creativity, imagination, and innovation.

The Mystery of History

Grade 4 Social Studies

Length: 5 days, 50 minutes each

Social Studies Standards:

  • SS.4.A.1: Historical Inquiry and Analysis
  • SS.4.A.3: Exploration and Settlement

Objective: The students will be able to recognize and portray significant historical figures and events through the dramatization of movement and sound.

Description: Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead five 50-minute workshops for a classroom composed of fourth grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on Florida social studies standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By examining historical figures and events through drama, students will not only be able to identify important contributions to their state and the world, they will be able to speak clearly, connect physically, and experiment with fundamental theatre skills. In addition, this lesson will enhance the students’ abilities in public speaking, communication, engagement, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

Grade 5 Mathematics

Length: 5 days, 50 minutes each

Mathematics Standards:

  • MAFS.5.MDL: Measurement and Data
  • Cluster 2: MAFS.5.MD.2: Represent And Interpret Data
  • Cluster 2: MAFS.5.OA.2: Analyze patterns and relationships

Objective: The students will be able to use various theatrical activities pertaining to The Wizard of Oz in order to demonstrate their understanding and solve mathematical problems involving fractions, graphing, perimeter/area and more.

Description: Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute lesson for a classroom composed of fifth grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on Florida math standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By examining characters and aspects of the musical The Wizard of Oz, students will use themed props as visual fraction models to interpret various scenarios. Through utilizing theatre skills and drama-based pedagogy, students will learn and examine various equal fractions, while also gaining storytelling techniques by impersonating basic characters from the musicals. Further, the students will identify shapes and perimeter/area, as well as utilizing graphing skills, through various Oz themed activities.

It’s All Ancient to Me!

Grade 6 Social Studies

Length: 5 days, 50 minutes each

Social Studies Standards:

  • Strand SS.6.W: World History

Theatre Standards:

  • Big Idea TH.2.S: Skills, Techniques, and Processes
  • Big Idea TH.2.F: Innovation, Technology, and the Future

Objective: The students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of each early civilization by performing scenarios through script and improv.

Description: Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a week long workshop for a classroom composed of sixth grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on learning about different early civilizations, while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By using scripts, pantomime, and various objects as props to describe each civilization, the sixth grade students will not only learn new information about these societies, they will also be able to speak clearly, connect physically, and experiment with fundamental theatre skills. In addition, this lesson will enhance the students’ abilities in public speaking, engagement, creativity, and improvisation.

Shakespeare’s Battle of the Bards

Grade 7 Language Arts

Time: 5 days, 50 minutes each

Language Arts Standards:

  • Strand LAFS.7.W: Writing Standards
  • Cluster 3 LAFS.7.W.3: Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Theatre Standard:

  • TH.68.H.2.3: Analyze theatre history and dramatic literature in the context of societal and cultural history.

Objective: The students will be able to interpret and perform William Shakespeare’s written language by examining both traditional and modern day translations.

Description: Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute workshop for a classroom composed of seventh grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on language arts standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. Students will be introduced to basic concepts and information regarding William Shakespeare. Further, through utilizing theatre skills and drama-based pedagogy, students will interpret the traditional and modern day versions of the quotes by experimenting with and performing various dialects. Additionally, students will be able to identify various analytical strategies for examining a body of text. By the end of the workshop, students will have a better understanding of the works, meanings, and adaptations of Shakespeare.

Remember Your Roots

Grade 8 Social Studies

Time: 5 days, 50 minutes

Social Studies Standards:

  • Strand SS.8.G: Geography
  • Standard 5 SS.8.G.1: Understand how human actions can impact the environment.
  • SS.8.G.5.Su.b: Recognize impacts of a selected human modification, such as deforestation, on the environment in the United States.

Objective: The students will be able to define and explore the meaning of various concepts like change and deforestation through relevant discussion and meaningful participation in content-specific theatre activities.

Description: Gulfshore Playhouse Education and ThinkTheatre staff will lead a 50-minute week long interdisciplinary workshop for a classroom composed of eighth grade students. This educational theatre workshop focuses directly on social studies standards while incorporating best practices in drama-based pedagogy. By exploring the concepts of change and deforestation, students will begin to recognize the importance of preserving Earth’s forests. Through utilizing theatre skills and drama-based pedagogy, students will work collaboratively through various theatrical activities. To culminate the week, the students will present the information they have accumulated over the week through various creative presentations.

The Landscape of Shakespeare

English Language Arts (Grades 9-12)

Length: 6 session, 50 minutes each

Subject: English Language Arts, Theatre

Cluster: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Standards:

  • LAFS.1112.RL.3.7: Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry),
    evaluating how each version interprets the source text.
  • TH.912.O.1.1: Research and analyze a dramatic text by breaking it down into its basic, structural elements to support development of a directorial concept, characterization, and design.

Objective: The students will be able to analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem by performing and evaluating how each version interprets the source text.

Description: Students learn to approach Shakespeare from a theatre angle: breaking down text, working with rhythm, and engaging with language in the particular way that actors learn to make the language come to life for scene work, auditions, and performances. The program includes a 6 session residency in which Gulfshore Playhouse artists work with students on sonnets and ultimately the presentation of scenes.

Tales of the Underworld: Bringing Myths to Life

English Language Arts /Social Studies (Grades 9-12)

Time: 10 sessions, 50 minutes each

Subject: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Theatre

Cluster: Production and Distribution of Writing

Standards:

  • LAFS.K12.SL.1.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations
    and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their
    own clearly and persuasively.
  • TH.912.F.3.4: Discuss how participation in theatre supports development of life skills
    useful in other content areas and organizational structures.

Objective: The students will be able to prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners by building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively through performance.

Description: In this 10-session residency, each class will select a myth to research, present, and perform as an ensemble. Students work in small groups to explore imagery, story, symbol, and character and develop an artistic response to the myth through original writing from different points of view. Finally, they will develop their own version of the myth and use Greek chorus technique to create a final play for their families, friends and/or peers.

Poetry and Performance

English Language Arts (Grades 9-12)

Time: 8 sessions, 50 minutes each

Subject: English Language Arts, Theatre

Cluster: Production and Distribution of Writing

Standards:

  • LAFS.K12.W.2.4-6: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the
    development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and
    audience.
  • TH.912.O.3.4: Create a performance piece to document a significant issue or
    event.

Objective: The student will be able to produce and publish clear and coherent writing by analyzing contemporary American poets, developing imaginative language, and performing for their peers.

Description: This program is an opportunity for students to meet Language Arts standards through studying contemporary poetry, writing poems, and learning to perform their own written and improvised (spoken-word) poetry. The 8-session program concludes with a poetry slam in which students compete for prizes.

The Sum of Us

Mathematics (Grades 9-12)

Time: 10 sessions, 50 minutes each

Subject: Mathematics, Theatre

Cluster: Make Sense Of Problems And Persevere In Solving Them

Standards:

  • MAFS.K12.MP.1-Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  •     TH.912.F.2.3-Work collaboratively with others to survey the theatre activities in the school, community, and/or region to calculate their impact on the economy.

Objective: The students will be able to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them through participating in group exercises and finding solutions through social interactions.

Description: In this 10-session residency, students will discover that connections among the arts and other disciplines strengthen learning and the ability to transfer knowledge and skills to and from other fields. Included in this program is an introduction to theatre, group trust and safety through problem-solving obstacles, and working as an ensemble.

Schedule a Residency

Steven Calakos
Director of Education

[email protected]