Learning About the Body in Space



Purpose or Vision Statement:

          I will begin the year by teaching both for and about movement. I want a firm foundation for both my students and I in the basic elements of movement. Currently I have little experience with the elements of creative dance and my limited background would make most of my attempts to teach with or to integrate movement shallow experiences. By learning the elements my students will increase their vocabulary to describe the capabilities of their bodies, gain a tool for communication and expression, and increase their confidence about their capabilities. By working on the basic elements both my students and I will become more aware of our physical selves. I will be teaching with Brain gym to help students utilize this awareness so that they will have more control over increasing, decreasing and utilizing their energy levels for learning. As well, we will be playing group games that increase our focus, cooperation, physical control, and metacognition.

            Once we establish a repertoire of vocabulary and experiences in the elements of creative dance, we will begin to integrate the art of movement into all subject areas for learning and assessment. I will continue to teach about the power of movement to help them maintain and build their awareness of their physical capabilities and its potential to help them be better learners.


Journal for Lessons


Learning Objectives:

Cognitive: 1.Students will increase their vocabulary to describe their movements and space; high and low space, straight, curved,


Affective: 1. Students will be comfortable and confident enough to attempt a variety of movements within large and small group setting.


Social: 1. Students will be able to move around the provided space without physically or emotionally disrupting other students.


2. Students will be able to closely observe other students during movement time and give constructive positive feedback to their peer’s performance.


Artistic Competencies: 1. Students will begin to explore the way their bodies can move through space while creating different shapes with their bodies.




Lesson 1 will be the shapes lesson from Joyce’s book on page 77. The lesson will take around 30 minutes. We will do the lesson in the classroom. Students will stack their chairs and clean the floor up. We will move the 4 tables to the sides of the room. Students will start on the carpet where I will tell them that their goal is to see how many different shapes they can safely and comfortably make without touching anyone or anything in the room. They will then spread out to their personal space in the room. I will count to three and have them change shape. We will repeat this several times.  As they change shapes I will comment on their use of space and the variety of shapes.

1.      Put some muscle into your shape so that even if I put some weight on you won’t fall.

2.      Make a shape at a low level. Can you lift your center off the floor? Can you feel how that makes your muscles work/

3.      Make a high shape.

4.      Make a shape you’ve never been in before.

5.      Make a one legged shape.

6.      Make an upside down shape.

7.      Do you suppose you could move around among each other and not touch a single person?

8.      Let’s see if you can change levels as you move through space, sometimes low, sometimes high.


Then they will make a dance with their shapes.  Start with your most interesting still shape. Now show me your interesting moving shapes. And stop with your ending shape and hold it. Now the class will divide into half so that we can watch each other. Look for someone who is using high and low space. Look for someone with a variety of shapes. Look for someone who is holding her beginning and ending shape very still.


Student-Based Assessment

1. Student comments during Showtime will assess their ability to look at their peer’s movement and provide constructive feedback.


2. Student circle share time after Creative Dance is done will provide me feedback on their ability to use the terms; movement, high space, low space, and shapes. As well they will have the chance to verbally share with the group what was comfortable and uncomfortable about the lesson.


3. Students will have a Creative Movement journal where they will need to write a sentence or more about their experience.


4. Watching the students during their exploration and show time's will let me know who is using high and low space and a variety of movements.



























































Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating  movement will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.