- Assorted rhythm instruments
- Gross motor abilities
- To develop body control
Establish a freeze signal together so children know when to stop and freeze. Have a discussion about words that describe or depict motion or movement. Some examples are: twirl, jump, creep, sway, crawl, dash, zigzag, float, and sink. Record these words on chart paper.
Explain to children that they are going to make these movements to the sounds of rhythm instruments. Remind them that they will have to be great listeners and listen for the freeze signal so they can be ready to change movements.
Pass out rhythm instruments to each child. Call out a single movement and let them try it while playing their instrument. As you continue the activity, call out two movement words at a time and let children experiment with combining them. Once children have practiced together, some might like to share their interpretations with the group.
Remember: Some children will need to be reminded to control their bodies for safety reasons, and to assure that everyone has space and fun. Some children may be shy about moving around freely. Allow these children to observe for a while before participating.
Share the knowledge. Send home a letter sharing some of the music and movement activities you have been doing in class. Ask parents who play musical instruments to visit your class and share their talent.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: MATH
Add movement. Children learn differently and adding movement helps some grasp concepts more easily. While teaching patterning, provide physical movements, as well as visual and auditory examples. Invite children to create a pattern physically and model for them various patterns of movement. For example: hop, hop, clap, hop, hop, clap or jump, jump, reach for the sky, jump, jump, reach for the sky. Use the same word to describe a movement and let children create their own patterns to share with the class. You can extend this activity by representing the words with simple symbols on paper so children can use them in other learning centers.
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