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Stretch It Out Even Further!

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Writer: Julie Cadzow

Years 2-4 Level 2 Duration 6-8 lessons

Practical Mathematics up one level! This dance unit is a development of 'Stretch It Out' Level 1. It will further enhance student understanding about geometric shapes. Eight 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 working together to create geometric shapes using lengths of elastic.

Key Competency

Participating and Contributing The students will respond to dance as group members. Dance activities requiring teamwork, with achievable criteria for success, are used throughout the unit. The opportunity to lead their peers in dance activities is offered and the students will work together in groups to make oral responses to dance.

Key Words

Circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, parallelogram, trapezium, rhombus, expand, shrink, Levels (high, medium, low), floor pathways, air pathways, locomotor movement, non-locomotor movement, still shapes

Related Learning Areas

Mathematics - Geometry, English, Health and Physical Education

Achievement Objectives

Developing Practical Knowledge in Dance (PK): Level 2 Explore and identify through movement the dance elements of body, space, time, energy and relationshipsDeveloping Ideas in Dance (DI): Level 2 Use the elements of dance in purposeful ways to respond to a variety of stimuliCommunicating and Interpreting in Dance (CI): Level 2 Share dance movement through informal presentation and identify the use of the elements of dance

Specific Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • Identify and describe the features of a circle, oval, square, rectangle and triangle
  • Perform a range of locomotor movement - skipping, hopping, walking forwards and backwards (PK)
  • Use a variety of different body parts to make geometric shapes (PK & DI)
  • Work with others to make a variety of geometric shapes (DI)
  • Use a prop (elastic) to make a variety of geometric shapes (PK & DI)
  • Create short sequences of movement about geometric shapes individually, in pairs and as a whole class (DI)
  • Note - Other geometric shapes can be explored as an extension to this unit - Parallelogram, Rhombus and Trapezium shape cards have been included in the resource.
Suggested Learning Sequence

(What the students will do to achieve the learning outcomes) Four lesson sequences follow:

Teachers may choose to work through each sequence and cover all the geometric shapes, a selection or extend to explore parallelograms, trapeziums and rhombuses.

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