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I chose this musical last year because our school was beginning to implement the Growth Mind Set curriculum and I thought it would be a great way to reinforce the concepts. The entire 2nd grade cohort presented the musical for the school and community and it was amazing! The songs have some rigorous vocabulary and concepts for 2nd graders - I guess that is why it is labeled all the way up to 6th grade. But with a lot of work and high expectations, our students did an amazing job. Some things that I did to help the kids was: I made Lexi Miller into an entire Miller Family so one person didn't have to memorize all of the lines. I also assigned certain verses to certain classes so everyone wasn't responsible for memorizing every single part even though by the end they could sing every word. This musical is worth the work!
Best Bad Wolf yet!
This play tied directly into my school's focus on growth mindset, so it was prefect for the start of the year (though would work for any time of year!). The students enjoyed the songs and learned them easily. Among the several BWP plays I have directed, this one was the most equitable in terms of the parts. It was prefect for my class of 23 third graders; everyone had a similar number of lines and nearly everyone had a song (Lexi doesn't have a song, but the 3 students who played this lead part each had the most lines, so it balanced out).
The parents, admin., and student body were all super impressed. The kids had a ton of fun, and we pulled it off in 2.5 weeks!
Learning How to Learn
We are in rehearsal mode for this at the moment. I rely on a Bad Wolf play every year s when it is our third graders' turn to put on an assembly. My colleagues, plus kids in older classes, always tell me they how much they look forward for my assembly. This is due to Bad Wolf! The musicals are super easy to put on, funny, and also fun for the kids. I encourage my students to generate prop and costume ideas for themselves, which gives them ownership. It's a wonderful bonding experience, and you notice a variety of kids rise to the top and take on roles (both literal and metaphorical) that build confidence and life skills. My only caveat: the songs so become earworms for several weeks!!!
Overall very positive
The songs are challenging to learn and sing. I teach a lot of EL learners and the many idioms have been especially challenging for them. That said the story is fun and the students are very engaged and enjoying practicing.