Background:This warmup is a
to help students learn the names of their classmates, collaborate
with their classmates to create a sequence of movements, and learn
to carefully observe and
learn new movements created by their classmates.
Grade Level: 3-12
Formation: Single circle
small groups of 5-8
students can use hand gestures or whole body movements to accompany
their name. Movements generally stay in self space.
Students, in small groups, begin standing in a single circle facing
toward the center. They number each person consecutively
the circle beginning with #1 to as many students are in the circle.
first person says his or her name and shows a movement to accompany
name. The group listens and observes the movement. The student
their name and movement while the group along with the first student
says the student's name and performs the movement. Then the second
student does the same as the first person. This student says
his or her name and
demonstrates a movement and the group repeats the name. Then the
repeats the first student's name and movement and then repeats the
second student's name and movement. A sequence of names and
movements is established. Then the third student says his or
and demonstrates a movement and the group repeats. Then the
group repeats the first student's name and movement followed by the
second student's name and movement and then the third student's name
and movement. This procedure continues until all students' names and
movements are added into the sequence. At the end the group,
unison, will repeat the name and movement sequence that includes
everyone in the group.
Variation: Students can
demonstrate a favorite activity for their movement. In this way, the
group members learn the student's name and something about each