8 CHAPTER 1
Have each child choose one special skill or talent to present in a show for fam-
ilies, another classroom, or a community group. Help children identify a wide
range of talents and skills they may have, including drawing, running, using
a computer, playing rhythm band instruments, building with blocks, making
up songs or stories, and using a hammer. Some children may prefer to perform
alone, and others may want to perform with friends or family members. Allow
children to arrange a stage space, make invitations and tickets, practice their
talents, make props, or design costumes for the show. Invite local media to at-
tend, take photos to submit to media, or place photographs from the event on
the program’s website. Remember to obtain parent permission prior to their
child’s image or name being included for media purposes, including social
media such as Facebook.
props and costumes, music, space for staging the show, paper, markers, paint,
Invite school employees, community
leaders, and family members to visit
the classroom and show their talents.
Teach the children how to be a polite
and appreciative audience during
the performances and to clap after-
wards. Follow up by helping children
identify skills and talents they have
similar to or different from those of
the performing guests.
ALE Play, sing, and talk about “Dancing
Pants” by In the Nick of Time and
“Do My Thing” by Grenadilla.
Read and discuss these or other
books about talent shows: Talent Show
Scaredy-Pants by Abby Klein, Jack’s
Talent by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, The
Talent Show by Jo Hodgkinson, and
Albertine’s Got Talent! by Shena Power.
ALE Read and discuss I Can Do It! A First
Look at Not Giving Up by Pat Thomas,
or other books about learning new
things and persistence.