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Using Drama in Science

Discussion in 'Science' started by resources4drama, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. Hello. I am a Drama teacher and from next September I shall be working with staff in other departments using Drama methods to help deliver subject content.

    I would be interested to hear if you use Drama at all in your lessons. If you want to post examples on here, that?s great. Alternatively, send me an e-mail at resources4drama@aol.com.

    I would also be interested if you think that Drama has no place in your subject.

    Thanks

    Clive
     
  2. Hello. I am a Drama teacher and from next September I shall be working with staff in other departments using Drama methods to help deliver subject content.

    I would be interested to hear if you use Drama at all in your lessons. If you want to post examples on here, that?s great. Alternatively, send me an e-mail at resources4drama@aol.com.

    I would also be interested if you think that Drama has no place in your subject.

    Thanks

    Clive
     
  3. I think it is one of many tools in the armoury. I have used role play on many occasions to help teach organic mechanisms, mass spectrometry etc

    Sometimes the students need persuasion that it is more than messing about but once they get stuck in, it can be really powerful.
     
  4. Thanks Mike

    Would you find it useful to have input from a Drama specialist in your lessons? Or at least in the planning of the Drama part of them?
     
  5. Hello,
    I hope to do some action research into drama and how it can help science teaching!

    I have used drama in revision - kids acted out fertilisation and birht, believe it or not, without resorting to crudity. I was quite impressed with how well they did and how it helped it all stick intheir minds.

    It would have been great to have had some input from the drama dept to help with organisation. I would also like to try and do some song and dance routines using science - if they can remember the words to allthose dratted rap songs, imagine what they could remember if it was science facts instead!!

    Let us know what you do - I'd be very interested!
     
  6. Hiya haggisfish (not a greeting I write often!)

    Slightly off topic drama-wise but it certainly is about different ways of learning:

    Have you seen this

    http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/IEC/elementsong.html

    there are several versions of it on Youtube.
     
  7. Hi there,

    i have a big interest in drama and thus love using it when i can to teach difficult science concepts..Our school is an arts specialist school and drama links are now being established across teh school..indeed I have to perform a 5 minute piece with some pupils on the theme science and christmas...see the post below somewhere..My mind ahs gone blank and was requesting help...I have ofsted this week...so I think i should be forgiven...
    Very intersted though..and would be very keen to have a link with your school clive..

    sciencebloke
     
  8. Post 6

    Yes, I am aware of this site, thanks.
     
  9. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    All of my lessons are a drama!
     
  10. I once allowed my class to make up either a drama, story,song, rap or poem to summarise the digestion topic they had just completed. The poems and raps were fab, the storys had ace description about turning into a poo. And the dramas? well lets say I didn't offer that as a choice the subsequent year!
     
  11. I am using drama with low ability and SEN pupils to learn about how immunity occurs in our bodies.

    They have been given roles and shown an animation about how each cell plays a part in fighting a virus.

    They made badges to help them get into character.
    Now I am trying to plan how to get them to write a sentence about who they are, what their role does and a sentence to get into character.

    Hopefully it all comes together.....
     
  12. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I sometimes use role play to model scientific ideas such as the partical theory of matter, melting and boiling etc. I also use it to illustrate conduction, convection and radiation of heat. It is also useful to show refraction of light at a boundary. I also use it to show longitudinal wave transmission of sound waves and transverse transmission of waves. You would probably not say that it is 'drama' as the students play the parts of inanimate objects rather than people.
     
  13. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I have also used it to simulate childbirth (it was hilarious). I am thinking of trying to get my bottom yr8 set to rap the rock cycle whilst dramatising the various parts. I think there will be more mileage in this rather than using the half a dozen lessons or so in doing regular science.
     
  14. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    As I am typing more instances come to mind. In partnership with our PE dept we dramatised Respiration using the class in the gym. I have also dramatised electrical conduction, circuits and resistance. Sadly time constraints plus the fact that classes these days are less biddable than they were 10 years ago means that I don't do so much of this these days and when I do it takes longer with less of a result.
     
  15. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    In the USA I have witnessed classes where groups have produced raps, plays and dramas and and of class assessments which have been graded by the teacher in the same way that a written essay would have been. If you youtube topics you will often find that many of the hits will be American Highschool kids who have videoed their end of class assessments. Some are good some less so.
     
  16. fiendishlyclever

    fiendishlyclever Occasional commenter

    These were some of the first resources I saw many moons ago for drama in science. I'd recommend trying them out if you want to see the rewards without having to invest time in preparation.

    http://www.sycd.co.uk/who_am_i/everywhere/drama.htm

    My students always like a bit of drama and it peps up some very dull topics - for example discussing where to site a nuclear power station/wind turbine (give students a different card with a role from the local community) or hot seating.

    Low on marking too (if you can keep follow up low marking too even better!).

    Rob Fiendishlyclever.com
     
  17. fiendishlyclever

    fiendishlyclever Occasional commenter

    I do wish the TES would support Google Chrome as a browser. All my editing etc vanished when I clicked post!

    Hope it makes sense to someone!
     

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