Let's Go To the Amazon Rainforest

Let's Go To the Amazon Rainforest
Kathy Kampa-Vilina

Grade One students are exploring movements of animals in the rainforest. They are working on making interesting fantastic shapes and discovering ways to express themselves.

How can you move like a sloth? Does it move high level or low level? Does it move unhurried or quick? How can we collaborate to move like an anaconda? What kind of shape can we make? How does it move? These are some of the questions that Grade One students are asking as we explore moving like living things, especially the animals of the rainforest. 

Students are exploring creative movement concepts such as tempo (moving unhurried or quick), levels (moving low, middle, or high), energy (moving sharp or smooth), etc. 

Students have become experts at making “fantastic shapes.” How do you make a fantastic shape? 

-Move your feet.

-Move your arms.

-Move your torso.

-Change your expression.

 

Students can create shapes which are straight, curved, and angular; they can also look at the shapes of animals and create an interesting pose to express various animals. They have learned how to make fantastic shapes, and transition out of them using a movement in place, such as “melting” or turning. They will explore more in place (or axial) movements.

Students have also been exploring ways to move from one place to another using locomotor movements. You may have heard your daughter chant, “Locomotor movement goes from one place to another.” Students can walk, skip, jump, hop, run, tiptoe, slide, skate, leap, gallop, roll, crawl . . . . perhaps you can think of more?

Students are creating movement phrases as a rainforest animal with a fantastic shape, axial movement, locomotor movement, and a pose.

The students collaborated to make an anaconda. Here it is!

Students will be sharing their dance and music explorations at an “informance” in March. More details will follow soon.

*bolded words represent dance vocabulary students are learning

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