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Resources for Educators

Study Guides

Study guides are created for every Carousel Players show to assist educators whose students will be attending a performance at their school. Prior to the performance, a study guide will be emailed to the school for distribution to educators. These study guides will help connect the show content directly to the classroom curriculum.

2021/22 Study Guides
HBD2Me (Happy Birthday To Me)
Click here to access the HBD2Me Educational Slideshow
Download the HBD2Me Study Guide

Meet Chloe – in progress

The Velveteen Rabbit – in progress

The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito
Download the Study Guide for The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito
Watch the learn-a-long song video from The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito

In School Arts Education Workshops

The Playlinks program is a two part arts education program, developed originally by the late Dr. Debra McLauchlan of Brock University’s Faculty of Education.

In the first stage, a professional artist visits classrooms at a school a week before their scheduled performance. For approximately 10-15 minutes they engage students, igniting curiosity about the play and leaving children with questions to consider when seeing the performance.

The second workshop is offered one week after the performance, where an artist returns to the school for up to six 50 minute sessions, offering age-specific activities linked to the Carousel Players performances.

The workshops have been an incredible success, deepening the students understanding of the story and its themes by exploring curriculum connections in meaningful ways that can be touched upon all year.

Carousel Players provides Playlinks at no cost to participating schools. We rely on the support of donors and sponsors to cover the cost of delivering these programs.

If you wish to support this program, you can do so with a donation to the McLauchlan Memorial Fund.

We also welcome organizational sponsorships for this program. Contact us at 905-682-8326 *23 if your company would like to sponsor Playlinks.

The presentations engaged students in a way that created an enthusiasm for the play and pre-post activities. It is a great curriculum connected (lots of possibilities) experience for all. My class enjoyed the experience. – Grade 1 Teacher

The students were very engaged and interested in the workshop. The artists kept discussion happening with good questioning and engaged students with a combination of discussion, movement & activities. Was very interactive! Great job! – Grade 6 Teacher

drama playground

virtual drama education

In the response to the online learning environment created during the Covid-19 pandemic, Carousel Players’ arts educators have crafted a short series of Virtual Drama Lessons called Drama Playground. These lessons are a resource for educators who wish to integrate drama into a virtual classroom setting.

What is it?

These lessons are:

  • Six video lessons running 20-25 minutes
  • Targeted to children in Grades 1-3 
  • Split into two series: one series for Grades 1-2 and one for Grades 2-3
  • Scaffolded drama games/activities that include check-ins and warm ups 
  • Able to be safely performed in a socially distanced environment and virtually

When is it?

Use the Drama Playground videos at your own pace, as it suits your teaching schedule.

Where is it?

The Drama Playground program has been developed for video delivery so that it can be used in classrooms, home schooling settings, virtual classrooms, and other learning environments.

bring your students to the drama playground!

Each booking comes with access to

  • 6 Drama Playground learning videos for Grades 1-2
  • 6 Drama Playground learning videos for Grades 2-3
  • Educator’s resource packs

All Drama Playground resources will be available from the date of booking to June 30, 2022.

The Drama Playground is available at a Pay-What-You-Want fee (minimum $20).