Test-Taking Strategies, our third play of the 2012-13 school season, was set to arrive at the end of February. But to help out a teacher who needs it sooner, we decided to crank out the...
We’re thrilled to announce our latest play! We’ve had a blast writing European Explorers in the New World. While we have quite a few history and social studies plays for the...
European Explorers in the New ...2
The Tale of the Chinese Zodiac3
Looking for something fun to do in the last weeks of school? Now through June 7, get 20% off on all of our 10-Minute Mini plays. The sale also applies to our All Five Mini pack, which is already discounted!
The Minis are a great way to teach a new subject in a short time or to review curriculum already covered during the school year.
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The five available Mini-plays are:
- Conservation Mini – a funny review of some easy ways to conserve energy and water, based on the Three Little Pigs story
- Geometry Mini – review of geometry terminology (triangles, angles, polygons, quadrilaterals, parallelograms, area)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Mini – review of Jim Crow laws and excerpts from MLK’s famous speeches (NO Bad Wolf humor in this one, in case you weren’t sure)
- Map of the World Mini – informative look at how to read maps, including directions, key, types of maps, latitude and longitude, continents and major oceans and seas
- Noun and Verb Mini – a masterful review of grammar, including the parts of speech, conjunctions, and tenses
- All Five Minis – get them all for one extra-low price!
Our 10-Minute Minis were specifically written to be used as reader’s theater (though some teachers do use them for performance). The scripts come unbound for easy photocopying and contain enough speaking parts for a regular-sized class, plus two to three songs that appear throughout the script. The Minis also encourage focus and participation by including lines that the whole class speaks together. Most teachers have their classes read through the script about three times so that students can learn the songs and play different parts. The Minis tend to work best for grades 3 and up.
Click here to order, then use coupon code U8YN20 at checkout!
I whipped up this little video to introduce folks to Bad Wolf Press and what we do.
If you already know all that, feel free to show the video to a principal or anyone who needs a little convincing that plays are a good thing. Of course, you are also welcome to broadcast it with abandon on social media! I hope you like my new shirt.
It seems you can find everything on YouTube these days, including lots of performances of Bad Wolf shows! If you’re just starting a play or even in the thick of rehearsals, you might be looking for a bit of inspiration. Or if you’re not sure what play to do next, you might want to see some in action.
Visit the Bad Wolf video playlists to check out the video clips. Thanks to lots of diligent parents and teachers, you can see songs and scenes from almost all of our shows!
Have video clips of your own students’ performances that don’t show up on our YouTube channel? Please send us the links and we will add them!
And follow us on YouTube so you can get the latest news, tips, and video clips.
Hey, I just found this link to an eHow.com page. Enjoy!
Bad Wolf is hitting the road and we hope to meet you in person this month!
This weekend, February 8-10, we’ll be at the CTA Good Teaching North conference in San Jose.
Next weekend, February 15-17, we’ll be at the California Association for the Gifted conference in Anaheim. Stop by booth #210!
We will also be at booth #213 at the California Council for the Social Studies conference, March 8-9.
We’ll be offering great deals on our plays at all conferences! Don’t miss it!
Getting kids to speak their lines clearly and with the right emphasis can often take a bit of work. Here are some great practice tips shared recently on our Facebook page by veteran teachers:
- Stand at the very back of the room during rehearsals to encourage the kids to enunciate and use their “stage voice.”
- Warm up with the “Zip, Zap, Zop” game. I stress that the Zs and the Puh (of the P) have to be very clear. It’s fun! Then, when my kids mumble, rather than yell at them (as if that ever works), I say “ZIP, ZAP, ZOP your line, please.”
- Practice in slow motion. This little rehearsal trick gets the kids speaking more slowly and clearly when they perform.
- Have a “yelling rehearsal.” The kids think it’s hilarious, but the difference it makes in phrasing and volume is worth the potential headache!
Got tips of your own? Add them to the comments!