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Drama Game: Shake It Off

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Dec 17, 2014 Drama Games 1 Comment

Drama Game Shake It OffType: Warm-Up

Purpose: This is a popular activity that raises the energy of a group. I do NOT recommend using this to focus or calm down a rowdy group. Instead, I often use it just before a performance to get students energized and loosened up.

Procedure:

1.  Have the players stand in a circle.

2.  Explain that the students are to as a group count down from 8 while shaking out each of their limbs (In this order: Right arm, Left arm, Right leg, Left leg). Then they will count down from 7, then 6, etc. until they reach 1.

3.  They should do this getting increasingly louder and louder.

3.  So it will go like this:

ALL CLASS
Right arm: “8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”
Left arm: “8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”
Right leg: “8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”
Left leg: “8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”
Right arm: “7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”
Left arm: “7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”
Right leg: “7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”
Left leg: “7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”
Right arm: “6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”
…etc. until….
Right arm: “1!”
Left arm: “1!”
Right leg: “1!”
Left leg: “1!”

NOTES:

–  In my opinion, this activity is over-used when I observe other teachers. If it’s used in every single class it’s a time-killer and doesn’t really do much to get the kids thinking creatively. So as I mentioned above, I recommend using it only as a way to loosen up and energize a group before a performance.

– Consider playing Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off during this activity and have them count in rhythm to the song.

–  For a super quick version of the game have the students count down by even numbers till they get to 1: 8…, 6…., 4…, 2…, 1!

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