Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Music & Movement
- 6-8 hula hoops
- cassette tape or CD of lively music
- cassette or CD player
Objective: Children will practice problem-solving skills in an effort to work cooperatively. To Preo Place hoops on the floor or ground in an open space.
Warm-up: Gather children together. Ask them to demonstrate ways they can move and stretch to make their bodies bigger and smaller.
1 Put on the music and point out the hula hoops to children. Ask them to pretend the hoops are islands and that they are on a trip. Invite children to begin their travels by walking, hopping, tiptoeing, or skipping around the island hula hoops as the music plays.
2 Explain that when the music stops, they must si stop their traveling and "visit" one of the islands by placing a foot inside any of the hoops. Make sure everyone knows that more than one child can visit the same island at the same time!
3 Turn on the music again and send travelers back on their way, skipping, hopping, or jumping, but this time remove one of the hoops. Encourage children to continue traveling in different ways and routes around the islands as the music plays.
4 Every few times the music stops, have one less hoop available. Challenge children to squeeze closer together and use their ingenuity to find ways for every traveler to fit a foot - or toe - in the fewer and fewer spaces, even when there is only one remaining island!
Remember: Help children work together to find a way to fit everyone on the last island. Children will love it if you play too.
Tip: If hula hoops aren't available, tape large butcher-paper ovals to the floor
Spin-off: Set up a circle of chairs, making sure you have half the number of chairs as you do children in the group. Invite children to find a chair to sit on with a partner. Next, call out an instruction, such as "If you are wearing tie shoes, move over one chair" or "If you had juice for breakfast, move to the chair across the circle from where you're sitting." Let children know that all they have to do is touch the chair with as much of a body part as they can. And their main goal is to help as many people share the appropriate space as possible.
Children can share these books with one another
I See a Song by Eric Carle
Island Boy Barbara Cooney
Song and Dance by Lee Bennett Hopkins