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Creative Movement - Sample Activity

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Watch Me Move
Creative Movement Activity 1 of Thematic Unit "All About Me"

Theme Focus/Art Skill:

Children communicate their favorite leisure and playtime activities while creating an original expressive movement.

Preparation/Materials:

Pictures of children doing playtime activities or real props.

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Procedures

Activating Prior Knowledge

Encourage children to share the activities that they like to do during their leisure time or playtime. Ask them to identify the different parts of the body that move and how they move while doing their favorite leisure time/playtime activities. Incorporate in the discussion words that describe their movements (e.g., swing, jump, climb). Use pictures of children riding a bike, swimming, climbing on the jungle gym, swinging, etc.

Objective:
Developing oral language and concepts.
Building vocabulary: climb, swing, jump, ride.

Communicating Through Movement

Have children stand in a circle arms length distance from one another. Advise them that they will only move within their own, personal space.

Objective:
Establishing parameters and personal space.

Demonstrate an action that you do during your leisure time. Ask children to guess what leisure time activity your movement represents. For example, you might pretend to swing a tennis racket, swim, skate, or play the piano. Invite children to imitate your movements.

Objective:
Interpreting movements.

Explain to the children that they will be creating movements that communicate what they like to do and their classmates will guess what they are doing. Ask for a volunteer to demonstrate a leisure time/playtime activity through movements. Ask the other children to guess what the child is pretending to do.

Objective:
Creating moves to communicate thoughts.

Continue around the circle until all children have had a chance to perform a representative movement of their choice.

Wrap-Up Activity

Wrap-up the activity by having children identify their favorite leisure time/playtime activities and the movements that accompany those activities.

Learning Log

Have children draw themselves doing something they like to do. If appropriate, encourage children to use invented or standard spelling to write a word or words that describes the movement depicted in the drawing

Objective:
Communicating through drawing/writing.

Assessment

When asked, children are able to identify one or more leisure time/playtime activities that they like to pursue.

Objective:
Using authentic strategies

Extension

Play "Simon Says" using some of the actions generated by the children.

Literature Enhancement

Read aloud and discuss with children:

  • Alfie's Feet by Shirley Hughes
  • Footprints and Shadows by Anne Wescott Dodd
  • My Feet by Aliki
  • Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie dePaola
  • Stamp Your Feet by Sarah Hayes
  • Step by Step by Bruce MacMillan
  • The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Objective:
Incorporating Children's Literature
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Learn Along At Home

Dear Family:

Today, during our Creative Movement Activity, we performed movements that represented leisure time/playtime activities that we like to do. The vocabulary we used included climb, jump, swing, and ride.

Learn Along at Home with Your Child:

Here are some questions that you may wish to ask your child about today's activity:

  1. What playtime activity did you perform for your friends today?
  2. What movements did you use to show your favorite activity?

Consider the following activity to further extend your child's learning:

  1. Talk about what different people in your family or neighborhood like to do in their leisure time. Explore the movements they make if they ride bikes, swim, ride horses, play ball, etc.

Literature Enhancement:

Read aloud and discuss with your child:

  • Alfie's Feet by Shirley Hughes
  • Footprints and Shadows by Anne Wescott Dodd
  • My Feet by Aliki
  • Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie dePaola
  • Stamp Your Feet by Sarah Hayes
  • Step by Step by Bruce MacMillan
  • The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
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