Unscripted Learning Using Inprov Activities Across the K-8 Curriculum

ISBN-10: 0807747971

ISBN-13: 9780807747971

Edition: 2007

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Description: Improvisation is recognized internationally as an exciting tool to jump-start learning. In this practical book, teachers will discover how to use improv throughout the K8 curriculum to boost creativity and to develop a class into a finely-tuned learning ensemble. Readers will learn how to use this revolutionary tool to teach literacy, math, social studies, and science...and have fun doing it!

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 7/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Carrie Lobman, Ed. D., is Assisstan Professor of Education, Rutgers University. Matthew Lundquist, MSSW, Msed., is a school social worker and staff therapist, Social Therapy Group in New York City.

Improvisation and Learning: Why Do Improv in the Classroom?
Human Beings Are Improvisers
What Is Improv?
Doing What You Don't Know How to Do
Vygotsky and the Zone of Proximal Development
Learning and Improvisation
We Are All Performers
What Is an Environment?
What Is a Group?
Teachers as Improvisers
What Is Improv? How Do You Do It?
The Basic Principles of Improv
Improvising a Stage and Props
Choosing the Activities
The Audience Performance
Who's in Charge of Safety?
Introducing the Activities
Bringing the Skills and Language of Improv into (the Rest of) the Classroom
Including Everyone in Improv
Glossary of Improvisational Terms
Creating the Ensemble
Developing Group-Building Skills
Developing Emotionally
Setup of the Chapter
Activities on Working in Unison
Sound Ball
Zip! Zap! Zop!
Pass the Pulse
Synchronized Clapping
Counting, How High?
My Song, Our Song
Group Freeze
Yes, Let's
What Are You Doing?
Group Sculpture
Make a Machine
Still Life
Remote Control
Activities on Emotions
Shout It Out
Pass the Face
Emotional Journey
Emotional Coach
Emotional Melange
Emotional Bus
Emotional Orchestra
The Nuisance Game
Improvising Language and Literacy
Language Learning
Performing as Readers and Writers
Reading and Writing as Ensemble Activities
Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Relationally
Creating Language
Improvising Literacy All the Time
"Yes, and" Collective Story and other "Yes, and" Extensions
Once Upon a Time...The End
I'm Sorry, Did You Say...?
Live Action Illustration
Fairy Tale in a Minute
The Author Comes to Life
Blah, Blah, Blah
Boppity, Bop, Bop, Bop
Gibberish Poem
What's the Meaning of This?
Read It Again, Sam
Fake It
Syllable Bingo
Collective Spelling
Preposition Gymnastics
This Is a What?
Hot Seat (Literacy Version)
Giving Direction
Silly Debate
Information Booth
Improvising Mathematics
Math as Play
The Language of Mathematics
Creating Math Performances
Improvising Mathematical Conversations
Compulsive Math Gal/Guy
Captain Precision
Emotional Math Class
"I'm Sorry, Can You Explain That Another Way?"
Mathematical "Yes, and"
Word Problems Come to Life (and Get Out of Control)
Improvisational Word Problem
We Are a Square
Shape Sculpting
Human Balance
Expanding Cast
Half the Time
Time of Your Life
Group Juggle
Huggy Bear/Buddy Up!
Pattern Dance
Place Value Game
Odds or Evens
Zip! Zap! Zop! (Math Version)
Improv in the Content Areas
The Performance of Science and Social Studies
Performing Ahead of Yourself
Performing as Meaning-Makers
Improvising and Information
Setup of the Chapter
General Content Area Activities
We Are All...
Sentence Shuffle
Fish Bowl
One-Track Mind
Hot Seat (Content Area Version)
Collective Tour Guide
Three-Headed Expert
We Can Sell Anything
Social Studies Activities
I Love My Neighbor
Time Warp
What If? (History Version)
Rant or Rave
Party Game
History Bus
Visitor from the Past
Talk Show
Helping Hands
Science Activities
Three Changes
Rain Noises
I Am a Tree
Grab Bag
French Telephone
Rain or Shine
Slide Show
More Advanced Scene Work
Putting on a Show!
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
What If? (Scene Work Version)
Sitting, Standing, Kneeling
Slow-Motion Olympics
Invisible Kickball
Index of Improv Activities Listed by Level of Difficulty
Index of Improv Activities Listed by Appropriate Age
Index of Improv Activities Listed by Other Relevant Subject Areas
About the Authors
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