Movement Mini Lesson

Here’s our Mini Lesson assignment! It’s due Friday morning at 8am.

This week, you have the opportunity to create a short movement activity for your students. Use the ideas we have worked on in class to inspire this brief lesson. The written mini-lesson is due for everyone by 8:30am on Friday.

Things to include, in this order:

Grade Level: 2nd grade

Previously Learned: start/stop, locomotor words, non-locomotor words

Movement Concept(s): Concept of Body – Stopping Actions from Locomotor and Non-Locomotor Words

Teaching Sequence:

1) Have students follow me in a circle while walking

2) Students start/stop review with me as I change my locomotor words

3) Instead of stopping, I freeze. I perch. I hide. I slump.

4) …

Behavior Consideration: If I encounter a student who is unable to keep their hands to themselves…

Extension Idea: If students grasp the idea of stopping actions with time remaining, I will explore movement sentences by…

Movement Reflection – Day 8

Level Ones,

What a day! From an Israeli folk dance to creating your own folk dance (and teaching it!) to exploring the drum alone, with a partner, with a story, with poems, and encapsulating our time together with a powerful experience as a whole. I look forward to your thoughts…

With Love, Matthew

Movement Written Assignment

Hey Everyone!

Here’s a recap of our written assignment:

Reading Assignment: Elementaria by Gunild Keetman, pp. 107-112: Elementary Movement Training Introduction, Reaction Training, Gymnastics Exercises

Writing Assignment: A longer reflection (equivalent of at least one-page typed, single-spaced)

Please include thoughts on:

  1. The reading, your thoughts on the connectivity of music and movement and any impacts both the reading and our time together may have on your upcoming school year and teaching
  2. The reading, and how we have explored some of the ideas given regarding Reaction Training and Preparation/Relaxation Exercises
  3. An ‘a’ha’ moment you have had in movement class
  4. A struggle you have had in movement class
  5. Your hopes for the second week and a goal for yourself in movement class

Please email your assignment to by Monday at 10pm. Thank you!

Musically Yours, Matthew

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