Monday, October 17, 2022

How to Catch Monsters - A Halloween Play Script

How to Catch Monsters is a free play script published by Playbooks Reader's Theater. The play was written to be performed by students in first through third grade. The play centers around two children who are trying to catch blue, green, and purple monsters. The children do get a little help from their work-from-home dad. In all there are six roles for students to play. There is also a narrator role for a teacher to play in How to Catch Monsters

The How to Catch Monsters script is color coded to make it a little easier for students to follow. The script also includes some cues and other notes to help students perform the play. 

Applications for Education
Performing How to Catch Monsters could be a fun Halloween-themed activity for elementary school students. You can read the entire script online and or print it for free from the Playbooks Reader's Theater website. One concern I do have about the script is that it might be a bit too advanced for some first and second grade students. The whole script is less than thirty pages so it won't take you long to decide if it's a good fit for your students.

Two EdTech Guys Take Questions - Season Three, Episode Two

Last week Rushton Hurley and I hosted the second episode of the third season of our Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions series. We were joined by a handful of fine folks and even more people were registered to join us. If you missed our live broadcast, you can now watch the recording and find all of the associated links right here on Next Vista for Learning. The recording is also available to view here on Rushton's YouTube channel and as embedded below. 

We'll be hosting the next episode of this series on November 1st. Register here for the live session and to receive an email containing the recording and all of the resources we mention in the webinar. Until then feel free to email me or Rushton with your questions. 

Webinar - Engage and Investigate With the Ken Burns Classroom Collection

As a student and teacher of U.S. History, I've enjoyed many of the documentaries produced by Ken Burns (even if my students didn't always enjoy them). That's why I'm excited about a new webinar from the National Council for the Social Studies. The webinar is titled Engage and Investigate With Resources from the Ken Burns Classroom Collection. The description of the webinar promises to showcase some new ways to teach with resources aligned to the documentaries The Civil War, The Roosevelts, The West, and The Vietnam War

Engage and Investigate With Resources from the Ken Burns Classroom Collection is going be held live at 7pm ET on October 18th (tomorrow, if you're reading this on Monday). The registration process is a bit clunky, but it is free if you navigate through the "register as a non-member" on this page