Space Jump

A classic drama game for all your budding young actors!

Game Type: Study Break, Drama

Recommended Ages: 6 and up

Number Of Players: Whole class

Equipment Required: Nil

Where To Play: Indoors or outdoors

Duration: 10 minutes

Objective

Your students act out a series of scenes in front of the class. At the end of each scene, the actors freeze, a new actor joins and the scene changes. Space Jump is a brilliant icebreaker for your new class or to extend your students’ drama skills. It can also be used as part of an integrated unit, for example playing different insects in your Minibeasts unit.

How To Play

Step One: Choose two students to start the game. Ask them to stand in front of the class on an imaginary stage. Tell them what is happening in the first scene. For example, ‘You are brushing your teeth before school’. When you say ‘space jump’, the scene starts and the actors pretend to be brushing their teeth. When you say ‘space jump’ again, the scene freezes and the actors are frozen in place.

Step Two: Choose a new actor to join the scene. Tell the actors what will be happening in the next scene. For example, ‘You are eating the most delicious cake EVER!’ Again, the scene starts and finishes with the key word ‘space jump’.

Step Three: Continue until the actors have played out at least four scenes, adding a new actor each time. At the end of the final scene, you play the scenes in reverse order and each time a scene freezes, an actor leaves the scene until you have your original two actors playing out the first scene.

Step Four: Choose two new actors to begin a fresh round.

Teaching Idea

Try these scenes to get your first Space Jump game jumping:

– Lumberjacks chopping wood in the forest

– Students listening attentively to their teacher

– Trying to read something written on their backs

– Astronauts walking on the moon

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