|6 , 7 , 8
|Grade Level Program
60-90 minute sessions with a culminating grade-level Share
Number of session is flexible and are typically held once or twice a week to best integrate with selected Math unit.
Schedule determined during the pre-planning meeting and based on the needs of the school.
*The program is designed to integrate with the Geometry unit. If scheduled otherwise, activities can be adapted to incorporate skills from an alternative Math unit.
|In-School Short Term Residency
Props, handouts, prompts or reference materials based on selected unit or topic
Additional simple furniture pieces or cubes to represent components of the setting, if needed
A drawing showing dimensions of the school"s performance space
Non-lined paper and/or graph paper for each student
Tools for measuring (rulers, yardsticks, tape measures, etc)
Agreed upon materials or copies
Copy of the selected Math unit or chapter and related text for the planning meeting
Open space in classroom or multi-purpose space large enough for entire class to participate on their feet simultaneously or spread out to work in small groups
Access to tables/desks/chairs for writing or drawing activities
A large space or auditorium reserved for Session 4 and Session 5, if sharing with the whole grade level
I can use shapes/movement to create an indoor or outdoor location, identify key elements and sketch a simple floor plan (bird"s eye view) using geometric shapes and appropriate spatial relationship.
I can use design concepts, measurements and mathematical calculations to create a scale drawing of a floor plan representing a location from a familiar text or original scene.
I can collaborate with peers to combine several settings into one overall production design and create a scale drawing of a floor plan, a perspective rendering and/or 3-D model of the set for a specific stage space.
Set Design by the numbers strengthens Math Skills
Create a residency uniquely designed for your students. Teachers may select any Math Unit and a familiar Language Arts text, if desired. Collaboration with the Teaching Artist assures alignment of specific theatre exercises with curricular concepts and problem solving. (See Additional Notes for examples)
The residency typically consists of 5 sessions with possible teacher directed classwork in between. Each meeting incorporates a warm-up, a brief review, 1-2 drama activities, self-reflection, a summary, and a preview.
Session 1 - Students gain comfort and confidence working simultaneously in their own personal space to enhance focus and inspire creativity. Becoming key elements of familiar indoor or outdoor environments, students arrange components into stage pictures based on shape, size, and spatial relationship.
Sessions 2 and 3 - Based on close reading of a selected text, the class recalls specific key locations. Choosing one setting, students individually compile details and sketch a floorplan. In small groups they compare/contrast designs for that environment and make revisions for a scale drawing.
Sessions 4 "“ Groups use representations of standard platforms and stair units to test possible arrangements for combining several scenes into one production floor plan. Alternatively, students test the functionality of their designs using available furniture and improvising action from the text. Criteria are stage dimensions, number of characters or action in each scene, shape/arrangement of key elements and angles/levels for visibility.
Session 5 - Students present final floorplans, compare/contrast choices made by other groups, give/receive feedback, and assess the overall effectiveness of each production design.
In Dramatic Geometry students explore the application of math in set design, on paper and on their feet. Participants experience a balance of ease and challenge, choice and structure, movement and table work, personal exploration and group collaboration throughout the creative process.
Students clarify their sense of place by creating the schoolhouse and watering hole from A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and performing scenes in those locations.
Students design the courtroom, church, and various porches from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and combine them into one workable floor plan for a production.
*If a common text is not available from the Language Arts curriculum, the Teaching Artist provides prompts for developing original scenes.
*Teachers note a curricular link to Scale Factor and Transformations.
*Students liked "moving in Math class, contributing ideas, working in groups" and were inspired to add non-standard elements to enhance their designs.
Students may extend their learning with perspective drawings/renderings, 3-D models or written explanations of the mathematical operations utilized to create their designs.
At the discretion of the Math Teacher, one full session or portions of Sessions 2 and/or 3 can focus specifically on the math concepts prioritized for that grade-level and may be led by the Classroom Teacher with support from the Teaching Artist.
*All ACTive Learning Through Drama Programs have been developed and implemented by a professional Theatre Educator collaborating with Classroom Teachers and Arts Specialists.
1-3 are welcome to assist in the classroom, if the teacher desires.
Parents, guardians and administrators could watch the informal Share in Session 5.