This has to be one of the strongest integrations that I have been a part of. I must thank the grade 3 teaching team of Marina Gijzen, Georgia Perry, and John Rinker for their great work in making this integration happen so well.
The grade 3 students are currently doing a 'How we express ourselves' unit in the classroom. We have all met, several times, over the last few weeks to plan, discuss, and to share the vision that we all have for this unit. From day one of this unit, the foundation has been based on the 'Creative Cycle', so I am using this cycle in movement composition as it is a perfect match.
The 'Creative Cycle' has 5 stages; Inspiration, Planning, Creating, Polishing, and Presenting. Using this same cycle not only enhances the integration but really does fit perfectly when it comes to the creation of routines. In order to prepare my students for their summative assessment task in this unit, they have been encouraged to be as creative as possible when deciding on different routines that they would like to do in PE. I call these mini-routines as they are quite short in nature, but they still require that the students work together and to use the 'Creative Cycle' when putting together their performance. John Rinker, was creative himself in making up an excellent reflective writing activity for all the students in grade 3 to use when thinking about how the creative cycle can be applied to movement composition. Please see below.