Having brainstormed ideas for their drama performances — by pondering the questions: What do you need to plan a performance? and Visually, what best communicates your story to the audience? — the students worked in small groups for several weeks to discuss, plan, and build the most important props, costumes, and set designs. The ideas and the execution of their plans were theirs alone, as they took complete responsibility for their artwork and their performances.
The plays were presented in December before the Winter Break, to great acclaim and applause. Congratulations, third graders, on your excellent collaborative work, on your risk-taking in creating objects you had never made before, and on your reflective and open-minded approach to your planning and your construction.