Deeper Stages of Play-Based Learning; using the play Croak to set the stage (Calgary Zoo)

ArtScienceCalgary Zoo
Half Day Workshop
Thursday Feb 15   09:00 AM to 11:45 AM (2 hours 45 minutes)
Calgary Zoo - Cequel
Early Childhood Education (Pre K-Kindergarden)Division 1 (Grades 1-3)Division 2 (Grades 4-6)

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In this active, hands-on workshop, participants will leap right into an exploration of theatre as a teaching tool by engaging in a mini-production of “Croak!” a popular program from the Calgary Zoo’s School Programs! In this interactive play, we follow the fates of young leopard frogs through the different stages of their lifecycle. Using costumes and your best acting, we will delve into the watery world of amphibians to discover what dangers lurk in their world and how we can help.

Using this play as an example for inspiration, Sarah M. Smith will then work with participants to guide them through the process of using science to develop their own script/story-telling idea. This workshop focuses on making arts education techniques relevant and accessible to science educators. Through an exploration of theatre, story-telling, music, and other performing arts, participants will be given curriculum-linked examples of how to turn a science (or math) lesson into something deeply creative, fun, and personally relevant for their students.