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:
- Demonstrate locomotor and non locomotor movements that are big
- Remember and perform a sequence of actions used in dancing the
frog dance story.
- Choose their favorite part of the frog story to dance.
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:
- Once upon a time there was a very small pond filled with very
small frogs who were all sleeping on very small lily pads.
(Children in small curled shaped on the spot marker)
- One morning the little frogs woke up and looked around with
their small heads. The frogs could only make little
movements looking up and down and side to side (Children sit on
the spot marker and turn their heads up and down and side to
- Then the frogs began to stretch, but they could only do small
stretches using their hands and toes. (Children stretch hands
- The small frogs stood up on their lily pad and made tiny waves
to the other frogs. (Children wave to each other using their
fingers and small movements)
- Next, the frogs decided to go out and find something to eat.
So they did small jumps all over the pond. Some were jumping
forward, some backward and some sidewards. (Children perform
small jumps in a direction they choose all around the space.)
- Then the frogs stopped jumping and began to quickly grab tiny
bugs to eat. they reached for bugs over their head, behind their
back, low to the pond, and out to their side. (children pretend
to grab small bugs and eat them reaching in different places
around their body in personal space)
- The little frogs were so filled with bugs that they decided to
jump back to their lily pad. (Children perform small jumps back
to their spot marker)
- And go back to sleep in a small shape. (Children lower to the
floor and end in a small curled shape.)
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.
- That night something strange happened to the little
frogs. They grew bigger and bigger and bigger (Children
stretch out on the floor into a large shape)
- That morning when the frogs woke up they were very surprised
to see how big they had become during the night. They sat up in
a wide stretched shape and looked around at all the other giant
- Then the frogs began to stretch. (Children stretch arms out
wide and up above their head and then stretch each leg up)
- The big frogs stood up on their lily pad in a wide big shape
and did a big wave with their arm and whole body. (Children use
large arms movements bending side to side as they wave to the
- Next, the frogs decide to jump around the pond and find bugs
to eat. (Children do large jumps in any direction.)
- The frogs stop and reach for giant bugs and pull them into
their mouth (Children complete large reaching motions above
their head, low to the pond, out to the side pretending to grab
a giant bug)
- The frogs are full from eating the giant bugs and then do big
jumps back to their lily pad. (Children perform large jumps
taking off and landing on two feet simultaneously)
- they go back to sleep in their big shape. (Children lower to
the floor and make a large shape)
- That night something strange happened to the big frogs.
They began to shrink and they became smaller and smaller.
They spent one day as a small frog and one day as a big frog.
(Children curl into a small shape).