Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Puppet Show!

Since January, I have been using the Social Thinking SuperFlex curriculum in the third grade. I learned about the program last year during my internship and saw the benefits the program has on all children. It uses a superhero named, SuperFlex, who helps the citizens of Social Town to defeat a team of "unthinkables" - creatures that try to get kids to overreact, get stuck in their ways, not play fairly, etc. 

The kids LOVED this program and to end the year, we let them work together, writing skits about the unthinkables.  They then created puppets and presented their skits. The whole project showed how much they had learned during the sessions (both in the skits in they wrote and how well they worked together)! 
 The skits were written, the stage set, and the marquee all prepared:
Scene 1: A little boy defeating Rock Brain, the unthinkable who makes you get stuck on a negative thought or doesn't allow you to think flexibly about a situation.
Scene 2: Defeating Space Invader at a movie theater. Space Invader makes a person unaware of other people's personal space.
Scene 3: Superflex defeating Glassman, who makes people shatter and overreact to "small problems."
Scene 4: Two fancy ladies helping the waiter at their restaurant defeat Topic Twister, an unthinkable that makes a person always change the subject, ignoring what their friends are talking about.  
Scene 5: Defeating Destroyer of Fun, an unthinkable who makes playing games with someone not fun, because they are sore losers or sore winners. 
Scene 6: Defeating Was Funny Once at the dinner table, this unthinkable makes someone tell a joke again and again, well after it's no longer funny.
And here are the "actors"- each puppet shows really matches the personality of the child who created it, amazing how that works out!
This really was SO fun for us and the kids, and I love how the show turned out! The heads of school came to see the shows and the kids were so proud to share what they've learned this year in such creative fashion! 

17 thoughts on the matter:

Nicole Bryce-Sharron said... {Reply}

That is too cute!!

Sophibelle said... {Reply}

OMG so cute! :)

Caroline Hampton said... {Reply}

Sounds like a great fun way to learn some social graces :D

Meghana Hassan said... {Reply}

wow, thats so much fun...:)

Kim Cunningham said... {Reply}

The puppets just capture my heart. So precious. I love kid made things.

Anonymous said... {Reply}

Super cute puppets!


Patrice said... {Reply}

I love puppet shows put on by kids - too much fun!

Renae of Simple Sequins said... {Reply}

Oh puppet shows are the best, esp if they make their own character, too. So great of you. Thanks for liking the lipstick colors. One at a time, they shall be on my posts from now on.

Karen @ away for the weekend said... {Reply}

This is super cute. It's great that you're able to incorporate some fun lessons about behavior!

Nicki said... {Reply}

What a brilliant way to educate - so fun.

Deanna said... {Reply}

What a brilliant way to learn...way to go Tamar!!

Mama Zen said... {Reply}

This is so cute!

shirley said... {Reply}

What a great project for the kids - with great messages, too. Everyone's puppet is so cute!

Sharon said... {Reply}

How awesome! You are such a creative, enthusiastic teacher!

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

Hey, some adults could definitely benefit from this game, too! Just saying. ;p

I love how you use innovative ways to go about teaching your kids their lessons. I've said this before: You are a wonderful teacher and your kids are so blessed to have you.

Jade @ Tasting Grace said... {Reply}

OMG that's adorable and looks like so much fun! What a great way to learn about some pretty complex concepts.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said... {Reply}

How cute -- I love the smiles on their faces. They look very proud. :)