What to do with…Show Your Feelings!

Show Your Feelings! is found on AlphaBeat.

Use visual supports to frame the experience.
I recommend Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner. This book has photos of children making faces and covers almost all the feelings in the song.
Before you do the song, read the book. For non-readers, I replace the word ‘loving’ with ‘peaceful,’ since that vocabulary appears in the song. I usually skip the page with ‘serious’ and ‘silly.’

As you do the song, you can say, “Hmm, I wonder what’s next?” modeling the feeling of being ‘curious.’

After you’ve done the song,  review the images again.  You can ask them if the group was ‘curious’ about anything during the song….someone will likely chime in “We wondered what was next!”

You can also create your own visual supports by taking pictures of your students (individual or group) as they perform the song. Print the pictures and caption them with the emotions. Make an emotion word wall, and use these as a reference to help children verbally identify and express their emotions.

Thanks to Rachel at the Savoy Head Start for the emotion word wall idea!

Lots of Feelings book cover


March 25, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Favorite Books, Kate Kuper on Teaching Creative Dance, Teaching Tips, What to do with...., Working with Kate's Material. Leave a comment.

What to do with …..Haunted House

Haunted House, found on Brain Bop, is an imaginary journey using the eight patterns of The Sequence (Braindance).
Here are visual supports that may help your students visualize the images along the way, especially if they are not familiar with what — for example — cobwebs or a suit of armour look like.

Show these images as you talk students through the sequence of events in this imaginary journey, then show them again  — as quick reference — as you take the journey.  You can print the images on heavy stock, slip them into page protectors and put a single 1-inch book ring on one corner for easy page flipping.

Or you can post them in sequence.

The images are:

The front door of the haunted house
(Talk about the water that’s going to drip on you)
A mouse hole (help them visualize the scale….a mouse is small!)
Old library
Rug that we’ll fly on (on our stomachs)
Revolving bookcase
Dark hall where we have to edge along the wall
Suit of armour we’ll hide (and walk) in.  It’s stiff! Pick the one you like, and wear that one.
Big fireplace we will skip to
Chimney we’ll go up (2 choices are given)

Have fun!

Haunted House Images

March 17, 2015. Tags: , . Kate Kuper on Teaching Creative Dance, Visual Supports, What to do with...., Working with Kate's Material. Leave a comment.

Educators you should know about: Karen Erickson, Drama

I first met Karen in the 1990s. She has hugely influenced my understanding of applied arts learning and teaching in all dimensions. If you teach drama, you should know about Karen and her materials.

About the Artist
Karen L. Erickson, professional artist and Executive Director of Creative Directions, provides training in playwriting, directing, drama education, and arts integration nationally and internationally. Erickson is a Workshop Leader for the Kennedy Center’s professional development programs, including Partners in Education.


Erickson is a certified teacher of theater, language arts, and speech communications. Author of seven drama education books, she co-authored the Illinois Learning Standards for Fine Arts, Chicago Arts Standards, and the Integrated Curriculum Arts Project (ICAP). Erickson served as Artistic Director of Trinity Square Ensemble Theater in Evanston and worked at the Goodman Theatre as Assistant to Tennessee Williams. Erickson continues her work as a playwright and stage director having written fifteen plays for youth and adults produced by theater companies across the United States.

You can subscribe to her monthly newsletter and find out more about
Creative Directions by contacting info@creativedirections.org

This article appeared in her most recent newsletter. It is so relevant to behavior management related to group work that I couldn’t wait to share it. I do so with her kind permission.

Article 1 – How to conduct group work


March 1, 2015. Tags: , , , . Behavior Management, Teaching Skills. Leave a comment.