Grade 4 Performing Arts

In fourth grade, students build on the fundamental skills of theatricality they acquired in third grade. They begin to utilize and master more advanced public speaking skills such as intonation, volume control, and eye contact. Having become proficient at speaking using both handheld microphones and hanging microphones, students now concentrate on techniques for singing with microphones. Through the use of drama games, creative movement, choreography, puppetry, poetry, and theatrical critique, fourth grade students continue to expand upon their performing arts skills. In addition, students take part in the fourth grade musical production, which introduces them to the process of devised theater, giving them a hand in creating the script they will then perform. Students are tasked to learn lines and lyrics, acquire choreographic moves, and help with the creation of costumes and sets.

Our fourth grade students will:

  • learn about and become part of the process of devised theater
  • connect and build upon acquired knowledge of Greek mythology—a major focus of fourth grade curricular study
  • further expand theatrical vocabulary
  • utilize physical expression techniques (with focus on Zen Zen Zo methodology)
  • study, learn, and act out parts from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
  • build upon previously learned improvisation skills to create and perform dramatic events and characters
  • continue to build their confidence as orators and presenters