I discovered the power of actors today. We were going along telling the story and the students were on the acquisition train. Then all of a sudden I brought actors into the story. It is amazing what visualization can do for the kids. They had all acquired the target structures, but were lacking a total picture of the story.
In the story today the super duper popular boy, who was a differnt boy in each class, had two elephants. The class knew this, but when they saw two of their classmates on their hands and knees walking like elefants it added a new element to the story.
I find myself wondering when I should use actors. Is this something I use all of the time? Or is it something I pull out as an added visual to the story? I think some people have actors all the time, but I am not sure if that would get old. I guess I will just have to experiment and see what works.