Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Movement
- chart paper
- radio or cassette player
- pictures or books depicting a variety of machines
Objective: Children will build on their knowledge of machines through creative movement.
1 Engage children in a discussion about different types of machines. You may wish to describe a machine as something that has moving parts and helps us to do something, like a sewing machine, a vacuum cleaner, and a blender.
2 Ask children if they can name other kinds of machines. List the responses on chart paper. Use books and pictures from magazines or catalogs to provide visual images of different types of machines. Ask children to describe what each machine does. Ask: "Where can we find these machines? Who has one at home? Do we see these machines indoors or outdoors? Which machines have movement that we can see?"
3 Ask children to think about how these machines work. Ask: "How does a vacuum cleaner move?" Invite them to try moving like one and to add sound effects. Ask children who would like to show their "machine dance." Encourage children who may be shy by moving yourself. Describe your movements or those of other children.
4 Now play a movement music game. Children can pretend to move like machines to different kinds of music. Each time the music stops, ask them to become another type of machine. Say, for example: "Let's move like a machine that chops carrots. Now let's move like the insides of a computer." Ask children to name their machines.
Remember: Some children are not comfortable doing movement activities. Assist these children by modeling different types of movements, engaging in movements with them, and providing slow, rhythmic beats. Initially children may respond to the slow beats of a drum or rhythm sticks rather than the fast tempo of popular music. Some children may need to begin by watching, or they might prefer to play the drum or start and stop the music.
Dramatic Play: Empty boxes of various sizes are wonderful for sparking creative thinking in children. Invite children to choose boxes and create a machine that can be used in the dramatic-- play or block-building areas of the classroom. Provide them with markers, paper, tempera paint, tape, scissors, and other materials. Children can work individually or collaborate with a friend.