Teaching resources

What does Drama look like in the Early Years?

 An Invitation to play: Using Fairy Tales to Build Early Literacy SkillsRead a loud The Story of the Three Little PigsBuild belief through movement: Invite students to the carpet to explore how various animals might move using guided imagery: Can you show me how a pig or wolf might move? How might your animal sleep, eat or play?Role Play: Ask students to consider what questions they might have for the wolf. What do they still want to know about this story? In role as the wolf, teacher can answer the questions generated by the class.Action and Exploration: Retell the story with students, having them play the part of the wolf. In small groups, ask the students to create a dramatic retelling of the story. Provide masks, puppets, costumes etc. and invite students to use the materials to retell the story.    

Quick and Accessible Lessons for Supply Teachers

Help! I'm going to be away and I teach DRAMA!

NEW! Secondary Drama and Dance Inquiry-based units now available

After a very successful roll-out of our Elementary Inquiry-based Dance and Drama resources, we have now uploaded our brand-new Secondary Inquiry-based Dance and Drama Resources.

2015 Conference Resources are now online

If you attended the 2015 CODE Conference in Mississauga and are looking for the Conference Materials from your workshops, look no further!

Free Prologue Children's Festival

From our friends at Prologue to the Performing Arts:Prologue Children's Festival: May 25 at the YPT!A smorgasbord of FREE, family fun will be served up Monday May 25 at 7 p.m., when the Prologue Children’s Festival for the Arts presents a jaw-dropping variety of award-winning Canadian talent at Young People’s Theatre! 

Resource: Dancing to Learn

Dancing to Learn is grounded in the new brain sciences and integrated with knowledge in education, the arts, humanities, and social sciences. This book explains that dance is nonverbal language with similar places and education processes in the brain as verbal language, thus a powerful means of expression.  Dance is physical exercise that sparks new brain cells (neurogenesis) and neural plasticity, the brain’s amazing abil­ity to change through­out life—I'm dancing--flamenco, belly dance, jazz, and salsa!). Moreover, dance is a means to help us cope with stress that can motivate or interfere with learning. We acquire knowledge and develop cognitively because dance bulks up the brain and, consequently, dance as an art, recreational, educational, and or therapeutic form is a good investment in the brain. The “brain that dances” is changed by it.

Dance is Elementary to Education

CODE Secretary Clyre Lyndley published an article in the Spring 2015 edition of ETFO Voice. 

CODE at Kempenfelt

The CODE Management Board, along with the Elementary Inquiry-based Learning writing team, is meeting this weekend at Kempenfelt Conference Centre in Barrie

Entry Points for Drama - Intermediate

Are you an Intermediate teacher who is looking for great ways to bring Drama into your classroom? As a follow-up to our Entry Points for Drama - Primary and Entry Points for Drama - Junior resources, Grade 7 and 8 teachers who are CODE Members can now access Entry Points for Drama - Intermediate. These fantastic resources give new (and experienced) Drama teachers useful Inquiry-based entry points using Media, Non-fiction and Fiction sources. Not a CODE Member? Check out our Membership page to find out how to become a member. To access the Resources, Members can log in, click on Resources and Seach "Entry Points."

December Resource Highlights

 December is fast approaching, and most of us are looking for some great new (or great old-but-forgotten) strategies to breathe some much-needed life into our classrooms. We dug through the Resources and pulled out four fantastic Dance and Drama strategies that you can use in your classroom today!