In honor of Earth Day, there was a river in the music room for Creative Movement with the Kangaroos. The river was the blue rug in the middle of the room. I placed plates as stones that students could walk, jump, and hop on to cross the river. The rocks were sometimes slippery and we had to be careful crossing and to stay safe on the rocks.
The Kangaroos were given scarves and danced on either side of the river, partitioned off by chairs. They listened to flowing piano music; some danced and others sang to the music. They listened for the single notes going from high to low down the piano to know when to cross the river. This was a great activity for listening, unstructured/structured movement, and pretend play: rug as water and plates as stones. Students danced freely; some swayed like trees while other were ballerinas and a couple of students waited until it was time to cross the river. This activity also inspired language. “I did it!” B. Kangaroos. “Hurry! You’re in the water!” Z. Kangaroos.
Students have on awesome outfits because today was Dictionary Day where each student chose a word and dressed as that word.