We are currently integrating with the kindergarten/grade 1 class teachers with their "How we express ourselves unit." The integration involves helping the students connect different emotions to different styles of dance and movement. My teaching partner, Jarrod Monaghan, came up with a great lesson plan that we have tried out on three of our kindergarten/grade 1 classes. The idea of the lesson is to create two piles of cards. One pile being movement verbs and the other pile being adverbs to match up with the verbs. So there was no confusion, one pile was coloured green and the other pile white. As a starting point, the ten verbs that Jarrod came up with were:
The ten adverbs were:
In the first part of the lesson we introduced both the verbs and adverbs ensuring that the students knew what they were. We then spread both piles out on the floor in the corner of the room. We would then select one adverb and one verb and put the two together. For example, Sadly Twist. We would then play a piece of music and have the kids move in the manner indicated on the cards. We repeated this a number of times and played a different piece of music every time new cards were selected.
As an extension activity next week, we will do a peer assessment activity that the students will complete with a partner. The idea is that one partner selects a verb and adverb without showing the cards to their partner. Once the music starts playing, the one partner needs to move in the manner indicated on the cards and the other partner must watch and on an assessment sheet, circle the proper verb and adverb. They will take turns doing this activity with both students having a chance to move to the music and do the peer assessment activity. We'll see how it goes!