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An interesting collection of movement activities for grades K-3 that incorporates language arts and listening skills in a novel way.  
Submitted by Jim Stillwell, Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

MOVEMENT IN A WORD

The following activity is focused around the movement exploration approach to teaching young children to move. It is ideal for developing one’s creativity and the components of movement education: body awareness, spatial awareness, and temporal awareness.

The activity requires each student to move upon hearing only one “word”. The only command that is given is to say, “Let me see you _________!” Below is a partial list of words designed to elicit a movement response.

  • search
  • turn
  • climb
  • hide
  • twist
  • swim
  • discover
  • tremble
  • jog
  • hurry

Do this individually, with partners, or small groups. A second word can be added to denote quality. For example: “Let me see you search quietly.”

WALK AND THEN …

This activity is a mixer designed for getting the students acquainted. It is most appropriate for grades 2-4. Have the students in a scattered formation. They begin walking in all directions, being careful not to bump or touch others. As they move toward a classmate, they stop, face-to-face, and perform the following challenges that you call out:

  • Do a 90 degree turn to the right and walk away…
  • Jump three times and walk away…
  • Shake hands and walk away …
  • Wave “hello” with one hand and “good bye” with the other and walk away …
  • Smile and walk away …
  • Make a weird sound and walk away …
  • Make a funny face and walk away …
  • Join hands, circle to the left and walk away …
  • Say “how do you do?” and walk away …
  • Slap a “high five” and walk away …
  • Do five jumping jacks and walk away …

Have your students find a different partner for each challenge. This is a great warm-up activity. The kids love it!

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