Our first explorations for Story Theater in the 5-day class are exploring "stories" through the book Bear Shadow by Frank Asch. In this story, bear really wishes his shadow would leave him alone and go away. He tries to run from it, nail it down, and dig a hole and cover it up. Nothing works! Until he decides that his shadow is actually his friend!
In the grass, we acted out the story with our own shadows. Then we decided that (just like bear) our shadows are ALWAYS with us, so why not be our best friend? We named our shadows. We danced with our shadows. We hugged our shadows. And watched our shadows follow us back into the 5-day classroom. Next time, we are going to talk about how we can use themes in this book write our own play about "shadows."