- Class Play Planning Week One
Hawaiian Myths of Earth, Sea, and Sky
by Vivian Laubach Thompson
Day Nine - Monday, December 16
- check all costume bags for completeness
- open and look at black SmartFab for "The Time of Deep Darkness"
- look at National Geographic map of Indonesia, consider Indonesia in relationship to nearby geography and why komodo dragons (called mo-o) were so feared in legends of Ancient Hawai'i
- read script, review lines of dialogue and determine where they will go
Day Ten - Tuesday, December 17
- transport costumes and props to play location
- "Number Rhyme" game by Joan Marcus (with the numbers 9, 12) from The Waldorf Book of Poetry, p.291
- review parts of the stage (backstage, wings, upstage, downstage, stage left, stage right) and put up sets
- do complete walkthrough with sets 1 through 6; set up Monster Cave; finalize all actor entrances, exits, cues, blocking, and dialogue
- cover sets with black SmartFab for "The Time of Deep Darkness"
Day Eleven - Thursday, December 19
- transport decorations to play location
- make final prop decisions
- do complete walkthrough with sets and all props
- finalize script, play handbill, and reception menu
Day Twelve - Friday, December 20
- do table read of script, practice cues and dialogue
- wrap parent gifts
- set up gifts table, food table, palm trees, etc.
- don costumes
- dress rehearsal 1:15 pm
- play performance 2:15 pm
Since our focus this month was on learning and retelling these two legends from Hawaiian Mythology, I didn't want to also do a chapter book read aloud. Instead, I chose for our lunchtime reading the Bedtime Math series by Laura Overdeck.
These books have a short narrative with interesting facts, then several leveled (easy, medium, difficult) math word problems which relate to the topic. For example, if the narrative is about gigantic pumpkins, the math word problems will be about pumpkins. I wasn't sure if the group would like them but to my surprise (and Amazon reviews say the same) kids LOVE these! They begged for them. If you're looking for some fun ways to keep practicing math over the Winter Break, I recommend this series!
Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late
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