Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Movement
- variety of recorded music
- cassette recorder or CD player
- scarves, paper streamers, old bed sheet
- video camera (optional)
Objective: Children will expand their gross-motor, observational, and communication skills as they engage in movement activities about water.
In Advance: Collect a variety of music about water, such as "Water Music," by George Frideric Handel, the Beatles"' Octopus's Garden" and "Yellow Submarine," and other popular tunes like "Down by the Sea," "The Tide Is High," and "Sailing."
- Engage the children in a discussion about water. How does water move when it falls from the sky? How does it move at the beach or at a lake? Explain to the children that they will create dances about water's movement.
- Move the children into a large indoor or outdoor I space and provide them with props like scarves or paper streamers to stimulate their creative thinking. You may wish to begin by inviting the children to pretend that they are raindrops falling from the sky. Move along with them as you pretend to be lightly falling rain. Encourage the children to move faster as the rain gets heavier. How can they move their bodies to show a thunderstorm?
- Invite several children to hold the end of a bed sheet or parachute. How can they move the parachute to look like water? Can they make the parachute look like a stormy sea? The ocean on a calm day? Play music as the children create waves. Invite children to dance under and around the waves. Children can take turns moving the sheets and dancing.
- Provide children with the opportunity to create `dances individually or in small groups to different selections of recorded music. Encourage the children to use props such as wands, ribbons, or dolls. If you have access to a video camera, record these dances.
Remember: Not all children are comfortable moving their bodies. Some children may not enjoy dancing at all, while others will respond only if an adult engages them. Some children may simply want to watch or be in charge of props or music.
Literacy and Singing: During circle time, teach the children the song "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." Incorporate arm movements, pretending to row the boat as you sing. Introduce the concept of singing in "rounds" to older children. Provide a literacy connection by reading Row, Row, Row Your Boat* by Pippa Goodhart to the children. As children memorize the words, encourage them to take turns reading or singing the text to their classmates.