Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Movement
- pictures of different types of machines (home appliances, clocks, office machines, transportation, construction machines, or emergency vehicles)
- oak tag or construction paper
- glue stick
- rhythm sticks or drums
Cut out pictures of machines and glue them to individual sheets of paper. Write the name of each machine below its picture.
Bring the group together and show them pictures of different machines. Explain that machines can be very big or very small, have moving parts, and help us do something: A vacuum cleaner helps us keep the house clean, a toaster helps us prepare food, a cement truck mixes cement.
Encourage children to identify each machine and share what they know. Invite children to name or point to machines they may have at home. Ask older children to name machines that have visible moving parts.
Hold up a picture of a machine such as a vacuum cleaner, a sewing machine, or toaster and ask children to think about how each machine moves. Invite children to move their bodies and create the sounds of that particular machine. Show a picture of another machine and invite children to create movements and sounds for that machine.
Incorporate music to create a machine movement game. Use rhythm sticks or a drum and play slow rhythmic beats. Invite one child to be in charge of the pictures. Explain to children that when their classmate holds up a picture they will dance and move like that particular machine. Children not comfortable dancing can play instruments or take turns holding up the pictures.
Remember: The pictures you choose for the movement activity should depict machines that children are familiar with.
Machine Opposites. Prepare an opposite game for families to play with their child. On a sheet of paper, write the following questions: What is the biggest machine in your home? What is the smallest machine in your home? What is the loudest machine in your home? What is the quietest machine in your home? What is your favorite machine? What is your least favorite machine? Children can share and compare their answers the following day.
Curriculum Connection: CREATIVE THINKING
Invent a Machine. Collect a variety of small, medium, and large boxes. Provide children with markers, paper, tape, tempera paint, scissors, and other interesting collage materials and invite them to create their own machines. Encourage older children to describe the function of their machine. Keep children's machines in the classroom so they can incorporate them into their play.
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