From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Tired teachers who practice what McCullough preaches,
"Anyone Can Produce Plays with Kids," should be pleased
with this offering. These skits tackle apostrophe usage, homonyms
and homophones, the metric system, fractions, flight of birds, magnets,
energy, time zones, governments of the world, Seneca Falls 1848,
and recycling-all in tidy 10-minute skits. Each one is complete
with concept identification, activities, discussion questions, and
production notes. In the foreword, the author suggests expanding
the skits to fit one's classroom space or curriculum needs and states,
"once you've got the hang of it, have students write their
own plays-." This is one of the best suggestions offered. Self-produced
skits that sound like kids talking are far more successful with
the intended audience than those written by adults mimicking them.
Expecting "anyone" to handle teaching science, math, language,
and social science with theater arts with equal success is a tall
order, but panicked substitutes with no lesson plans or a rainy-day
recess to cover might try a skit to focus a class or start a conversation.
Most teachers will be able to get "the hang of it" without
all of McCullough's epistles.
Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Gr. 4-6. The Now I Get It! books are collections of skits based
on grade-specific subject matter. Teachers are meant to assign the
skits as a way of explaining material and getting the students actively
involved in learning. Each skit includes before-and-after exercises,
discussion questions, and staging suggestions when needed. Subjects
covered include Grammar, Writing, Vocabulary, Math, Geometry, Sciences,
and Social Studies.