Here’s one nice way to stretch.
Submitted by Jill Hanson, Montrose, Minnesota. Grades K-5.
This is an activity that stretches the hamstrings as well as the brain. It goes to the tune of the old song “Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes,” with the teacher changing the words to the muscles you want the kids to learn.
We begin with “head, shoulders, gluteus maximus and toes, gluteus maximus and toes. Head, shoulders, gluteus maximus and toes, gluteus maximus and toes. Eyes and ears and mouth and nose. Head, shoulders, gluteus maximus and toes, gluteus maximus and toes.”
We add any muscle or bone that I want them to learn and, by the middle of the year, we are singing “cranium, abdominals, quadriceps and phalanges, quads and phalanges.” It is a quick activity that teaches as well as stretches. We have found the kids are learning and remembering the muscles much more effectively. (If you do not have a good singing voice, it makes no difference. The kids are too busy finding the muscle to worry about your voice!)