Lesson Plan for Teachers
This large group activity will help children explore the movements of their bodies. They begin by participating in stretching exercises using creative imagery (individual muscle groups), then children participate in movement games that encourage large motor movements promoting coordination. Some games require individuals moving alone, others in context with their classmate's movements, and others in cooperative unison with each other. Some include rhythmic or musical cues.
SOCIAL INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: #7 Conflict negotiation
LANGUAGE: #14 Expresses self through language
MATH: #25 Time, #27 Measurement
MOTOR SKILLS: #34 Gross motor skills
LANGUAGE: Listening & Understanding
CREATIVE ARTS: Movement
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL: Self Concept, Self Control, Cooperation
APPROACHES TO LEARNING: Reasoning & Problem Solving, Initiative & Curiosity, Engagement & Persistence
Plan this activity in three parts. Begin with stretching and warm up exercises, follow into aerobic activities with individual movement games, and continue with cooperative group games. Have the games peak with high-energy activities and gradually slow the pace toward the end, cooling down with some more stretches.
Stretching/Warm up Activities:
Individual Locomotor Movement/Aerobic Activities:
Group locomotor movement games:
End with Cool Down/Stretching Activities
Do counts in different languages. Do counts in sets (4 sets of 2, 5 sets of 3, etc.). You can make banners from fabric odds and ends that are cheaply available at fabric stores. Attach them to clothespins at one end, for the children to hold. As often as possible include the children in the decision making with the dramatic play elements of the movement games.
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