Shakespeare Educational Tour

Resources Developed by Teachers in Support of Shakespeare Unit
Grade 3 and older

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Grade 3 Contributed by Kathi Byington, Teacher at Aspen Elementary Thousand Oaks, CA

Memorybook1.jpg Memorybook2.jpg Memorybook3.jpg Memorybook4.jpg Every month, my students write a summary of their month's work. We remember our activities by "Act" or school trimester and "Scene" or month of the year. At the end, we either write a couplet that summarizes how we felt about the month or try to substitute Shakespearean language for our modern day English.
Grade 3 Contributed by Kathi Byington, Teacher at Aspen Elementary Thousand Oaks, CA

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This was our cloth book which included a biography of Queen Elizabeth I. The summary was written using the Step Up To Writing program used by most schools in the Conejo Valley to teach writing skills.
Grade 3 Contributed by Kathi Byington, Teacher at Aspen Elementary Thousand Oaks, CA Birdhouse.jpg This was a birdhouse I made displaying seeds from the various flowers Shakespeare mentioned in his plays. My class then planted a "Shakespeare's Garden," with each child responsible for caring for a plant, such as rosemary, and finding the verse that the plant was actually mentioned in Shakespeare's work.
Grade 3 Contributed by Kathi Byington, Teacher at Aspen Elementary Thousand Oaks, CA Gameboard.jpg Gambeboard Rules
Game Board Directions in PDF format
After reading "A Midsummer Night's Dream," I have my students create a game board using the characters and problems in the play. They create game cards and tokens and then share their boards with another third grade class (usually during the last week of school when we are performing our play in the classroom)
Grade 3 Contributed by Kathi Byington, Teacher at Aspen Elementary Thousand Oaks, CA Storyboard.jpg
Storyboard Handout in PDF format
This was a storyboard based on one favorite scene from the play. Skill taught was dialogue.
Grade 3 Contributed by Kathi Byington, Teacher at Aspen Elementary Thousand Oaks, CA Timeline.jpg
Blank Timeline Form in PDF format
After reading Shakespeare's biography, I had the children draw Shakespeare's portrait and then choose what they felt were the most important events in his life.-
Grade 3 Contributed by Kathi Byington, Teacher at Aspen Elementary Thousand Oaks, CA 3Dportrait.jpg audience.jpg These were two ways to talk about who went to Shakespeare's plays. The 3D version actually "looks" at you when you walk by it (think the faces in Disneyland's Haunted House).
Grade 3 Contributed by Kathi Byington, Teacher at Aspen Elementary Thousand Oaks, CA Claymask.jpg After studying "Midsummer," I have the student's pick their favorite character and then make a clay mask. With it they create a 6 senses poem - describing the character by how he/she would use his/her six senses in the play.
Grade 3 Contributed by Kathi Byington, Teacher at Aspen Elementary Thousand Oaks, CA Watercolor.jpg I used this technique to have the students paint their versions of Oberon's magical forest of Illyria. The poem form "Is there a Poem in...?" accompanies this art form. I also included a closeup of this artwork.
Grade 3 Contributed by Kathi Byington, Teacher at Aspen Elementary Thousand Oaks, CA Sample Student Work