Pathways Connections Warmup
Straight - Curved  - Zig Zag

Background: This warmup applies student's understanding of the three basic pathways, collaboration with a small group, and using shapes and locomotor movements.

Grade Level: 4-8

Equipment: Pathways cards, Seven  3x5 or 4x6 file cards each card shows a different variation of a straight pathway, Seven  3x5 or 4x6 file cards each card shows a different variation of a curvy pathway, Seven  3x5 or 4x6 file cards each card shows a different variation of a zig zag pathway,

Formation: Random. Student choose a space to complete the warmup.

Movements: Students choose still shapes (straight, round and/or twisted) and locomotor movements.

Description:

1. Students are organized into groups of three.  Each student has one of the three pathway cards.  One student has a straight pathway card, the next student has a curved pathway card and the third student has a zig zag pathway card.

2. Each student chooses a locomotor movement, the tempo and direction, that determines how they will move on their pathway. They practice their selected movement on the pathway several times. Next, they begin the pathway with a still shape (they choose and decide how long to hold the shape) and end the pathway with a still shape.  Now the pathway consists of Still Shape + Locomotor movement + Still Shape.

3. The three students decide to connect the three pathways. They decide which pathway is first, second and third. The end of one pathway is connected to the next pathway. 

4. Each student begins in their still shape at the beginning of their pathway.  The first student completes their locomotor movement on their pathway and gets into the end still shape.  This is the cue for the second student (who is already in their still shape) to begin their locomotor movement which ends in a still shape. Then the third student (who is already in their still shape) completes their locomotor movement and ends in a still shape. The warmup can be repeated several times.

Variation: Students can use their selected shapes and locomotor movement on a different pathway.