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  1. Introduce the idea of an adventure travelling around the world. Discuss trips the students have been on and the countries visited. Identify the countries/cities/ places on the world map. Discuss methods of transport available today and contrast these with those of 100 years ago and 200 years ago. (This could be explored in much more depth if appropriate for the class).
  2. Where on Earth is it? Organise the class into pairs or groups of 3 and allocate each pair/group an atlas and 8 counters Call out the names of each of the countries on the Itinerary and the students identify them on their atlases and mark with counters. This could be a speed activity with groups gaining points for their efforts. (Skills in the use of indexes and map references could be taught here). Remove all the counters and repeat the game but now call out the cities instead of the countries.
  3. Research Activity This could be a short research task or major study using the 'Research it' unit from this resource. Combine pairs/groups so that 8 groups are formed. Allocate each group a country from the Itinerary.Task: Use the library or the Internet to identify one dance style/genre from your allocated country.Find out about:
    • How the dance is performed
    • Who the performers are
    • Why and when the dance began
    • The costumes
    • The music
    Write or draw your results on the Summary page and present your results to the class.Some dance styles/genre and some useful websites: Discovering Dance DVD/Video: View footage of different Dance genres - Tracks 12-14, Chinese Dance; Tracks 28-29, English Dances, Track 4, Coon Dancing - African
  4. What is a pathway? A pathway is a pattern created in the air or on the floor by the body or body parts moving through space.Students work individually. Use the pathway cards from the resource below and the students perform different locomotor movements as they follow along each pathway. For example:
    • Zigzag pathway - gallops with angular body parts - elbows and knees sticking out
    • Curved pathway - slow and smooth walking with arms making curved pathways in the air
    • Straight line - crawling, running, sliding on stomachs
    Students work individually. Use the 'Type of Movement' cards and students perform selected locomotor movement in the manner suggested. For example, the teacher calls out:
    • "Walking" and "Gentle and lazy"
    • "Galloping" and "Strenuous and plodding along"
    • "Running" and "Fast acceleration and deceleration"
    For more movement ideas, see

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  5. Organise the class into groups of 3-4. Discuss the methods of transport from the Itinerary sheet and explore ways the students, in their groups, could work together to create the shape of each one. What formations are they in? What levels are the students on? How are they connected to each other? Explore ways to travel while maintaining the shape.
  6. The Big Overseas Adventure This activity can be used in several ways:
    • Groups are given one method, pathway and type of movement from the itinerary and create a sequence.For example: Transport = Cruise ship Pathway = Type of movement = 'Gentle and lazy'.The group works together to create a shape of a cruise ship. They then take their ship across the floor following the pathway in a smooth and flowing manner. They perform their sequences to the class with appropriate world music.
    • Groups select 3 of their favourite combinations and create a travelling dance, visiting only 3 countries in 3 different ways. They perform their sequences to the class with appropriate world music.
    • Bases could be set up around the dance space to represent each of the countries. Display the research charts at the appropriate bases for others to see. The groups visit every country using the appropriate method of transport and type of movement.
    Extension When the groups arrive each 'country' they could:
    • Perform some steps from the appropriate dance style/genre
    • Stand in an appropriate formation for the style of the dance
    • Create the shape of a monument/significant building or geographical feature of the city/country.

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