Photo of the Day, 1/28/13

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January 28, 2013 by jiejie768

Profesora Aydee's first graders plan their performance.

Profesora Aydee’s first graders plan their performance.

The first graders get ready to show off their acting chops . . . or at least their puppets' acting chops.

The first graders get ready to show off their acting chops . . . or at least their puppets’ acting chops.

Our vacation recap posts have taken precedent over Photo of the Day for quite awhile now and we have several saved up. Here’s the first of many.

The week we came back from vacation our Friday activity was “teatro” (theater). The first through fourth grade students used puppets as their inspiration and spend thirty minutes devising an original play before performing it for another group. As most of the puppets are animals, farms and the zoo were often the setting for these improvised works of art. Above are a few photos of the first graders preparing and performing their play.

Anheli's rat puppet was central to the "plot."

Anheli’s rat puppet was central to the “plot.”

I’ll share one funny moment from the 1st graders’ performance that couldn’t be captured on film. One of the students, Kevin, arrived late and didn’t have any lines of his own to say. Being that Kevin is a huge ham, when there was a lull during a dropped line, Kevin started improvising his own side plot where his frog puppet needed water or would die. He kept saying over and over, “I need water! I’m drying out! I’m dying!” Finally, fed up with his interruptions, one of the other students yelled: “Just die already!” (“Muérete, pe!”) That outburst effectively ended the show.

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