Dancing into Books Workshop

This workshop is connecting dance drama and sophisticated picture book using the drama framework and dance.  The levels below are just an example of how the document works and a planning idea.


In the drama document the following elements connect with dance and Literacy.


  • PK – Developing Practical Knowledge in Drama. Students will explore and use
    elements and techniques of drama for different purposes.
  • DI – Developing ideas in drama based on personal experiences
  • CI – Communicating and interpreting in Drama.

Level 1


Students will share drama through informal presentation and respond to ways in which drama tells stories and conveys ideas.


Level 2


Students will share through informal presentation and respond to elements of drama.


Learning example:


Talk about the clues suggested by a found object in separate groups and share scenes from the life of the person who might have owned the objects.


Detailed teaching sequence


Elements – Role Action Focus Techniques

Voice – Movement Facial Expression Conventions

Whole group role play.  Defining space Freeze frame.


Specific Learning Outcomes


Students will improvise a storyline and develop it into a drama and dance.

Students will use voice and movement to explore the events in a story and characteristics of imagined roles.


Warm up activities.

Fine Motor Skills

  1. Relax on the floor placing hands on the rib cage
  2. Close your eyes and breathe in and out slowly feeling your chest rise and fall, listen to the music and relax.  What picture comes into your mind as you listen?  Sit up slowly and be ready to listen

Class will move around the room the students will make a shape on the cue of freeze to extend


Gross motor skills and balance

  1. Teacher hands out scarves, are they light or heavy?
  2. Create a movement in the air, listen to the music and move in time first on the spot then around the room, stop and listen, imagine a parade coming, you are going to use the scarf to wave.
  3. Turn to the person next to you and talk about the parade, who you saw, and what sounds you may have heard.  Show a facial expression of excitement, mirror each other’s actions.  Form a group, share the three actions, now become the parade, join in the excitement, listen to the music and move around the room.  Freeze the shape move, provide feedback on the expressions and body shapes.  The parade is leaving move out of the group wave good bye and return the scarves and find a partner sit down in the group.

Learning Activities

  • Activate prior knowledge.
  • Discuss with students different celebrations where people receive presents.  Focus on songs sung at celebrations.
  • Think pair and share a gift to take to a birthday
  • Image in the head.
  • Think of a gift you may take to grandma.
  • What would you like to eat at a birthday?
  • What games would you like to play?
  • How would you feel if grandma were not at home?
  • Thinking aloud.
  • Share with a neighbour your ideas.
  • Students listen to the story of grandmas birthday.
  • Sing the song attached to the story.