small and BIG

Background:Did you ever wonder what life was like for a frog that lived one day as a small frog and the next day as a big frog?  This dance explores how range (size) is used in changing movement from small to big.

Outcomes: As a result of participating in this learning experience, children will be able to do the following:

Organization: children dance individually among others in the class using a random formation.

Equipment: Pictures of frogs, A list of words that describe the sequence (Sleep, Wake Up, Stretch, Wave, Jump, Eat Bugs, Jump and Sleep).  Spot markers as lily pads.

Before teaching the dance, explore the concept of small and big by asking the children to make small movements and then big movements.  For example, small walking steps, then big walking steps, or small twisting and then big twisting or small wiggle movements and then big giant body wiggle movements. After exploring locomtor and non locomotor movements that are big and small, present the dance story to the children.  You become the story teller and the children can dance the movements as you tell the story.
Show students the sequence of words posted and practice each movement that corresponds to the words. 
    Sleep in a small low shape on the floor.  Sleep in a big low shape on the floor
    Wake up by sitting up and turn head using a small movement then make a big head turning movement
    Stretch staying low to the floor using small stretches with the hands and toes. Then big stretches using the arms and legs.
    Wave - stand up on the lily pad and use the finger to do small waves to the other frogs. then giant big waves using the arms and bending side to side.
    Jump  use small jumps forward then big jumps moving all around the space.  Make sure students are taking off and landing on two feet.
    Eat Bugs - reach and pretend to pinch with fingers a small bug out of the space and pretend to eat a bug.  Then use a large reaching movement with both arms to grab a huge bug out of the air and eat.

Once all the small and big movements have been practiced. The children can start on a spot marker for the small frog dance while you tell the story as follows:


Next, children can be asked which dance they would like to repeat.  Do they want to dance the small frog dance?  Then all the children who decide to do the small frog dance perform while others observe.  You can tell the story again or ask the children to perform the dance from memory.  Then ask who wants to dance the big frog dance.