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Primary Drama Activities: Guided Role Play

Drama Activities for Kindergarten to Grade 2

Teaching drama to very young children can be a huge challenge, especially since they aren’t able to read well enough to follow a script and aren’t quite ready for the high-level thinking required for conventional improvisation.

In these situations, guided role play can be a perfect way to provide a creative environment for children to explore drama skills without overwhelming them.

What is guided role play?

Guided role play is a drama activity in which the teacher or facilitator describes a scenario, and then provides opportunity for the students to act it out in small, manageable pieces.

How is guided role play different from dramatic play?

Typically dramatic play is a center set up in Kindergarten classrooms that are used for self-directed play. With guided role play, it is more of a scripted improvisation – the teacher reads a skit-story, pausing to allow students time to improvise their movements and dialogue to act it out.

Guided role play is an excellent addition to dramatic play, as it provides the opportunity to introduce new skills, vocabulary, characters, and movement that can then be incorporated into students’ self-directed play.

Guided Role Play Units

A standalone role play activity is great, but when you use a series of guided role play scenarios that share the same setting and/or characters, then students have the opportunity to explore specific roles in more detail. This also creates an excellent opportunity to introduce specific vocabulary for students to learn and use through their role play.

For example, this farm-themed role play drama pack contains three role-play skits that share the same characters and vocabulary.

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