From ‘Drop of a Hat: Drama Lessons’
Science-based activity: Identify objects that make or reflect light
Imaginarium is a very easy game to play and can be used to explore or revise many scientific topics. Here’s how to play it to explore Sources of Light.
Begin with the students standing in a large circle. Ask them to step forward one at a time as an object that is a source of light. They should make the shape of the object and say what they are, for example, ‘I am a firefly’. Students can step in with a partner if they think of an object they can make together.
Once you have plenty of suggestions, say ‘Whoosh!’ to clear the space.
- Step in as natural or man-made sources of light
- Step in as an object that generates or reflects light
- Ask students to add an adjective when you tap them on the shoulder, e.g. ‘I am a flickering torch’
blazing, blinding, bright, clear, cool, dazzling, dim, electric, flashing, flickering, fluorescent, glimmering, glistening, glittering, glowing, golden, harsh, reflected, shimmering, shining, soft, sparkly, twinkling, wavering, white, yellow
The game can be played on Zoom or a similar online environment with each student making their object as soon as they think of it. Give them ten seconds or so to make the object then spotlight individuals and ask the rest of the class to guess the object before checking with the student.
The above is an extract from Drop of a Hat: Drama Lessons, Games and Activities. This new book by David Farmer is for any teacher who wants to bring the curriculum to life through drama and creativity. Each lesson is based on a story, poem or theme and divided into bite-sized sections. If you’re looking for a quick fix, just choose a couple of activities. If you’re new to drama, there’s a section at the back describing the games and strategies in detail.
You’ll find approaches for using drama to raise standards in literacy and to explore stories, characters and themes. Topics covered include global warming, looking after pets, dealing with bullying and exploring issues around refugees. There are over a dozen activities for using Drama in Science as well as a lively introduction to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.