BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Bronxville Elementary School first-graders brought the folktales and fables they've been reading in class to life when they worked with Rachel Berger, programs director for the Play Group Theatre, to act out emotions and plots from the different stories.
As part of the lesson, the students created their own puppets out of paper bags and gave each of their characters a name and defining traits. They learned how to get into character, act and sound like their characters, and speak clearly and confidently in front of an audience, according to a release from the Bronxville Union Free School District.
“The students really enjoyed working with Rachel and having theater in the classroom because it allowed them to be expressive and creative,” said teacher Stacy Bilgoray.
To culminate their work, the students will perform a folktale before an audience of peers, teachers and administrators to demonstrate what they’ve learned about storytelling.
The program was supported through a grant from the Bronxville School Foundation.
To watch a video about the students’ work with the Play Group Theatre, visit the district’s website at www.bronxvilleschool.org.