I teach 4th grade drama to my class. I am no expert but I highly enjoy teaching it, and I will pass on a few of my ideas that you could use for a starter.
Three resources I use a lot:
- Dramathemes by Larry Swartz
- Games for Everyone by David Booth
- "Improvisations" by ? (sorry, I'm at home at the book is at school)
This year I've started with mime. We have done some mirroring activities and will be doing frozen pictures next (tableaux).
Other things I will do:
- tongue twisters (great for voice techniques, rhythm, enunciation)
- Readers' Theatre (use short scripts)
- improvisation games
- at the end of the year, we do a short play - props, costumes, etc... - it's a good "end of the year" activity because it pulls together everything done in drama, plus it's good when the kids are getting year-end antsy
My class this year has quite a few immature students so we've being doing short periods with lots of clearly structured guidelines- no laughing at others, what a good audience looks like, you have the choice to participate in front of others, etc...