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Stretch It Out

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Writer: J ulie Cadzow

Years 1-2Level 1Duration 5-6 lessons

Practical Mathematics! This dance unit will enhance student understanding about geometric shapes. Five shape cards and lists of activities encourage students to explore the characteristics of each shape through movement. It focuses on the Dance Elements of awareness of Body, Space and Relationships and involves students learning about working individually and as a class to create geometric shapes using hoops and lengths of elastic.

Key Competency

Managing Self The students will be making decisions and moving and creating in response to those decisions. They will further develop their awareness of others as they complete class activities and will be given opportunities to take the lead in safe and positive contexts.

Key Words

Circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, expand, shrink, Levels (high, medium, low), floor pathways, air pathways, locomotor movement, non-locomotor movement, frozen shapes, around, inside, outside, over, under, through

Related Learning Areas

Mathematics - Geometry, English, Health and Physical Education

Achievement Objectives

Developing Practical Knowledge in Dance (PK): Level 1 Students will explore movement with a developing awareness of the dance elements of body, space, time, energy and relationships

Developing Ideas in Dance (DI): Level 1 Students will improvise and explore movement ideas in response to a variety of stimuli

Communicating and Interpreting in Dance (CI): Level 1 Students will share dance movement through informal presentation and share their thoughts and feelings in response to their own and others� dance

Specific Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • Identify and describe the features of a circle, oval, square, rectangle and triangle
  • Explore ways to make geometric shapes with the body (PK)
  • Explore the relationships of around, inside, outside, through, over, under, through movement (DI)
  • Explore using their bodies to make geometric shapes with and without elastic (DI)
  • Perform in a short teacher-led dance (CI)

Suggested Learning Sequence (What the students will do to achieve the learning outcomes)Four activity sequences follow:

Teachers may work through each sequence to cover all 3 geometric shapes, or just choose a selection.

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