A couple of days ago, I blogged about the grade 4 students learning different yoga postures from our guest yoga instructor, Neila Steele. I had set out the aims and objectives of this lesson which were to introduce maths transformations (slides, rotations, and reflections), learn a number of different yoga postures (see previous blog to see which postures students learned), and to piece together a sequence of yoga poses. Their routines had to include each of the maths transformations listed above.
I was hoping to finish all of this in the 80-minute lesson I had with the students, but we only got about half way through. I realized that this was actually better as it gave us more time to practice the different postures and record and reflect upon their progress. We had introduced, through various activities, the maths transformations, but had to be really sure that they understood these concepts. As Neila introduced each yoga pose, she had the students, in partners showed reflected yoga poses, show slides, and to rotate either a quarter or half turn and repeat the same poses. It was easy to see if the students grasped the different transformations. They struggled a bit with reflection, but ended up demonstrating an understanding which they could apply.
In next week's lesson, the students will finish off this this activity and perform their routines to the class. I will upload videos of the final product. In the meantime, please check out a slide show of yesterday's class.