Traditionally, gymnastics and dance is a major part of a movement composition unit in PE. Each year I always try to introduce new elements to this unit that still connect largely to the theme of movement composition. I am trying to broaden this type of unit to allow kids to truly explore all of the opportunities that exist. As you can see from previous blogs, I have focused on elements from Cirque Du Soleil which the students have really enjoyed.
My wife, Neila Steele, is a certified yoga instructor and has kindly volunteered to come in and demonstrate a number of different yoga postures to the kids this week. Upon speaking with the classroom teachers in grade 3 and 4, I found out that they are doing transformations in maths. As I am always looking for opportunities to integrate maths into PE, I felt this would be a perfect fit for the yoga routines that they will have to create with a partner to a selected piece of music. Please see worksheet below that I will use with the students this week.
They must choose 4 yoga posture learned (out of 10) and practice and piece together a routine that includes the following maths transformations:
They can choose to include any of the maths transformations in either the yoga posture itself or within the transitions. I will be doing this lesson 4 times this week, so will hopefully be able to refine it as we go. I will document the process on my blog so stay tuned if you are interested.