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BILLY GOATS GRUFF Character Machine Drama Circle

Character Machine Drama Circles are a perfect way to explore a story and characters in a whole class guided (scripted) performance. This BILLY GOATS GRUFF Character Machine (Drama Circle) comes with 31 printable drama circle acting script cards with instructions and script for your junior kids to perform the story in a fun and energetic way. Students develop speaking and listening skills with this adaptation of the classic drama machines activity. A perfect way for primary / elementary students to delve into characters and combine reading practice with performing (Reader’s Theatre) - your students will love it!


This Character Machine Drama Circle includes:

  • Printable Drama Circle Acting Script Cards (students are given a card to perform in sequence to tell a story. The Character Machine Cards provide an instruction on when and how to say each line and a short line (script) for each student to perform when it’s their turn)
  • Teacher Instructions (including how to enhance the drama activity and further activities + ideas to adapt the character machine)
  • Instructions to bring in whole class chorus elements to the performance!


Older students? The content / lines of the script are simple enough for younger students but drama machines are also super fun for older students who can play around with pace, character, delivery. They are an energetic activity for older students (and younger) - perfect for an end of lesson activity.


***ENGLISH / LITERACY TEACHERS: This drama circle activity is based on 'The Billy Goats Gruff' will work beautifully alongside and enhance your elementary English curriculum. It is a fun and energetic way to approach reader's theatre and explore the story in a whole new way so why not add some drama to your English lessons?




"This is a well thought out resource, especially if you are trying to teach the performance related details of a script. I purchased this to use as a simple readers' theater script during distance learning. It did not fit my needs only because I meet with very small groups of students. It was not the product. I hope to use this with classroom groups once school begins again. Thank you for a quality product."


"My students really enjoyed this task."


"I have not used this yet, but I love Three Billy Goats Gruff. We did so many things using this story in college theatre class, it was really entertaining. I can't wait to use it!"


"Lots of fun!"


"Engaging! Students enjoyed this."


"it was a hit in drama class and helped get us ready for our play!"


"A fun way to get kids acting and pretending with very little set-up time!"


"Love your resources"


"My kids had so much fun doing this for a STREAM wrap up!"


"Loved! Used this with a group of 3-5 grades for drama camp and it was one of their favorite activities."


You can find more drama lesson plans, drama games and more for primary and elementary kids HERE! You can find more drama lesson plans, drama games and more for teens (middle school and high school) HERE!

BILLY GOATS GRUFF Character Machine Drama Circle


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