Background: This warmup uses
locomotor movements and still shapes and incorporates different
tempos pathways, levels, size (range) and directions.
Equipment: CD MP3 player
music. 8x11 cards with different shape words such as LOW, HIGH,
STRAIGHT, ROUND, TWISTED, SMALL, BIG,
movements such as run, walk, skip, hop, jump, leap, slide and gallop
and still shapes, such a round, twisted, straight, curved.
The students move using a locomotor movement designated by the
teacher when the music is played and when the music stops,
students freeze in a still shape. The teacher calls out a locomotor
movement and the music begins. The students move using their own
pathways in the space or a pathway designated by the teacher. Then
the music is stopped and the teacher calls
out or shows a shape card and the students freeze in the designated
shape. This pattern of moving and stopping is continued and each
time the teacher identifies a
different locomtor movement and a different shape .
Variation: The teacher adds
direction or tempo to the locomotor movement. For example: Run
slowly or Gallop backwards. Another variation is to
combine two shape cards such as LOW and ROUNDED.