Friday, 21 February 2014
It was yet another indoor recess in wintery Winnipeg today. Our classes needed some energizers to get our bodies moving and brains ready for learning.
For the past 5 years I have been using several lessons from Jeff Kriske and Randy Delelles's GAMEPLAN books. This quick and engaging movement / rhythm activity from the Grade 3 book had all the students participating.
Our learning objectives included phrasing, improvising, question-answer, and form (introduction/interlude/coda)
This is a short clip of the song by Eric Chapelle's Music for Creative Dance, Volume IV. For purchase in Itunes, see website.
Game Version 1: Get into 5 rows and first 5 students of each row stand in front. One at a time, each leader uses movement or body percussion to improvise an eight-beat phrase, and the class echos. This happens 5 times with an interlude between each to switch to new leaders.
Game Version 2: In scattered positions around the room, the teacher or designated leader leads the group in a question-answer pattern 5x. On the interlude, each student can dance to a new spot in the room and the question-answer pattern repeats either with a new leader or the same one.