Name Rhythms

Background:This warmup is a way 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

Equipment: None

Formation: Single circle using small groups of 5-8

Movements: Nonlocomotor, students can use hand gestures or whole body movements to accompany their name. Movements generally stay in self space.

Description:

Students, in small groups, begin standing in a single circle facing toward the center.  They number each person consecutively around the circle beginning with #1 to as many students are in the circle. The first person says his or her name and shows a movement to accompany their name. The group listens and observes the movement. The student repeats 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 group 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 her name 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, in 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 other.