Phoneme-onal Puppets: Making and Using Puppets to Learn Phoneme Segmentation, Vowels and Consonants (PK - 2)Last changed: 05/23/2023 5:40pm
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Basic materials for making and decorating sock puppets, Eye puppets for students to use until the puppets are finished. The students will keep the eye puppets. The puppets will remain with the students after the workshop.
Ordinary classroom setup, with room in the front for presentation. The final program may be videotaped. The school can provide video equipment but I can bring equipment if needed.
I can design a working sock puppet.
I can create, rehearse and perform a spoken word and movement group performance piece using my puppet.
I can synthesize instructions appropriately and work independently and collaboratively.
I can verbally and visually demonstrate understanding of the basics of language sounds such as syllables, vowels and consonants.
I can appreciate how it feels to be part of an arts ensemble.
I can appreciate the importance of preparation.
I can appreciate the value of learning how to speak and communicate clearly.
Session one begins with a demonstration of a sock puppet presentation that includes movement, lip syncing to musical lyrics and a spoken word performance. The students will design colorful individual sock puppets using a variety of materials. Then they will begin to learn the basics of puppetry word formation and puppet acting, using eye puppets. They will learn how to sync the opening and closing of the puppet mouth syllable by syllable, and how the mouth works differently in producing vowel and consonant sounds. They will see a presentation about the world of puppetry. They will collaboratively compose a unison spoken word performance piece. In session two the students will receive the completed sock puppets they have designed and learn the rules for working with puppets. They will learn how to make the puppet come alive and move, practice traditional acting exercises to strengthen appropriate emotional and physical self-regulation and lip sync as a group to song lyrics. They will put together the parts of the performance and begin to rehearse. The students will perform in small groups, utilizing and strengthening their responsibility and self-regulation skills to work together collaboratively and with appropriate self-control. Session three begins with a review session. The students rehearse their completed performance piece and perform it. It is videotaped so they can share with anyone not present, and so they can review it themselves to remember what they have learned. Students will retain puppets for further classroom use, or to take home, as the teacher prefers.
Since the inception of this program I have created and given away over 500 puppets designed by children to Hartford public school students and educators as part of this program. My current goal is to be able to give at least one puppet to every student in Hartford.
Caregivers receive their own adult sized sock puppet to participate along with the students and model proper audience and participant behavior. At the final performance they can take photos and video. One or two volunteers could participate.