Students, parents and teachers all love March Break, and we hope everyone’s refreshed from their time off. The spring break presents a great opportunity to expose students to fun learning experiences outside of the classroom, and now is a great time to extend that sense of extracurricular fun back into the classroom.
The Teachers on Call team is a big fan of promoting books and fun ways to get kids interested in reading (especially when students have free time). That’s why we’re thrilled when popular books are adapted to movies and musicals.
On that theme, did you know that Rick Riordan’s best-selling young adult series has been adapted to a musical? If you’ve not yet read The Lighting Thief, the story features Percy Jackson, a twelve-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD, who tells the story of his adventures with the gods and creatures of ancient Greek mythology – and of course, how he saves the world in the process.
Needless to say, fans of Percy Jackson won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch the chance to see the adventure play out on the big stage! The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is coming to Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre from March 19 to March 24th. This is a perfect opportunity for students with a two-week March Break (or for families who want to stretch it out) to take in a little culture at the same time they enjoy some thrilling family fun.
We’re sure we don’t have to tell you, but theatre can present a great educational field trip opportunity for teachers, as well! There’s many rich themes and characters to explore with students before and after the curtain closes. Have your students read the book before seeing the musical and then compare the similarities and differences that come from the adaptation. You can also include watching the movie adaptation for extra credit homework.
Are your kids big fans of The Lightning Thief? Don’t miss the free study guide with activities and discussion topics to enrich students and encourage them to delve deeper!