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Drama Vocabulary Flash Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 8 pages | Grades: 3 - 5

A set of 16 flash cards to practice defining the different elements of a drama.

Build an early appreciation for theater with your students!

This resource uses a series of flash cards to introduce key concepts and test young readers in the elements of drama.

The Benefits of Teaching Drama to Your Students

By showing students examples of drama found in plays, books, and other mediums they begin to understand how people feel, think, and communicate with each other. As they step into the shoes of characters, students start to examine different situations to build empathy, gain a deeper appreciation of the world around them, and present them with experiences they might have yet to discover themselves.

This drama teaching resource sets the stage for an early understanding of the 16 basic parts of a play or other narrative device.

This set of flash cards includes the following drama-related vocabulary words and their definitions:

  • Cast
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Act
  • Scenes
  • Set
  • Props
  • Setting
  • Protagonist
  • Antagonist
  • Stage Directions
  • Dialogue
  • Narrator
  • Costume
  • Intermission
  • Monologue

Make Flash Cards Fun in your Classroom

As a reading center activity, we recommend first punching a hole in the corner of each task card and placing them on a binder ring. This helps to keep the cards organized and together so you never lose a card in a pocket or under a desk. Plus, you can control the order your students review the words in to create a logical sequence that builds upon your students’ knowledge.

Aside from using flash cards as a single-student vocabulary word game, this learning aid can also be used as a partner game or for group learning:

Memory Match

Bonus points for this version of the game as it helps students with their memorization skills! Print vocab words and definitions separately on thick paper so that you can’t read through the paper. Face vocab words and definitions face down. Each student takes their turn flipping 2 cards at a time until either finds the matching definition to the word and sets the pair aside to keep score.


Just like a party game you would play with your friends, charades is an activity to play with kids to get them moving and improve their communication skills. Print cards on heavy cardstock front to back, and place them in a bowl or bag. You can divide groups into teams, or have them play as a group and forgo keeping score. One at a time, have each student come up to pull a card and act out the vocabulary word to their team. The group with the most correct answers wins a point!

Gallery Walk

Why not get students moving by hanging up these cards around the room and have your students complete a gallery walk? Print cards on heavy cardstock and number each card 1-16. Write all 16 vocabulary words on the board for students to reference while walking around the room. With only the definitions facing out, hand students a recording sheet with just the numbers and ask each student to record the vocabulary word that corresponds with the numbered definitions around the room.

Preparing This Resource for Your Students

These flash cards are designed to be printed on both the front and back of the paper so that the vocabulary term is on the front side of the card and the matching definition is on the back.

Follow these directions to print double-sided flash cards:

  1. Select “File” from the navigation bar, and click “Print” from the drop-down menu
  2. From the dialogue box that pops up, click on “More settings”
  3. Pages per sheet should be set to “1”
  4. If it is not already selected, check the box for “Print on both sides”
  5. If it is not already set to “Flip on short edge”, use the dropdown to make this selection
  6. Click the “Print” button

Print these flash cards on cardstock for added durability and longevity.

Before You Download

Use the drop-down menu to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version.

This resource was created by Heather Chambers, a teacher in Texas and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

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