Gross Motor Group
Target Classroom: Integrated
Kindergarten ages 5-6
Increase movement awareness; provide time out of wheelchair
while integrating handicapped children into classroom. Increase awareness that different ways of moving are
books with animals (may
be related to specific animal group or environment being studied).
by having students sit on the floor as in circle time. Discuss how
different animals move…. some use 4 feet; some use 2 feet, some
slither, ECT. Talk
about the different way animals use their bodies to do different
things…eat, dig and bury objects, climb etc.
Have the student’s think of an animal they would like to
“ become”, and think about how that animal moves as it lives
through a day. Have the
students spread out in the classroom and ask them to pretend to move
like the animal of their choice for 2 minutes.
Assist students as needed in the movements. Ask students to
tell which animal they imitated and say what it felt like to move
like that animal. Point
out the many different ways animals and people move.
Lesson Plan 2
I enjoyed doing this with a group of 15 kindergarteners.
I will have 2 students in this classroom that I will see for
pullout Physical Therapy treatments due to their mobility problems.
One child is in a wheelchair at all times during the day
except for “circle time”, and he needs special seating (a corner
wedge seat) to sit on the floor without falling over.
The other is in the wheelchair for long distances or when
there is a need to move quickly, otherwise she uses a walker or
crawls in the classroom. This
lesson was a good way to help gain acceptance for the obvious
mobility differences these children experience.
The students really improvised their characters well,
although we sure had a lot of puppies and kittens.
I will try this again sometime and may present the ideas of
which animal would be the focus.
I could have them all move the way they think a snake would
to get them to experience the difficulty of slithering when your
arms and legs don’t support your body weight as an empathy