Straight - Curved - Zig Zag
Background: This warmup
student's understanding of the three basic pathways, collaboration
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
of a straight pathway, Seven 3x5 or 4x6 file cards each card
shows a different variation of a curvy pathway, Seven 3x5 or
file cards each card shows a different variation of a zig zag
Formation: Random. Student
choose a space to complete the warmup.
Movements: Students choose
still shapes (straight, round and/or twisted) and locomotor
1. Students are organized into groups of three. Each student
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
that determines how they will move on their pathway. They practice
their selected movement on the pathway several times. Next, they
the pathway with a still shape (they choose and decide how long to
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
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
pathway. The first student completes their locomotor movement
their pathway and gets into the end still shape. This is the
for the second student (who is already in their still shape) to
their locomotor movement which ends in a still shape. Then the third
student (who is already in their still shape) completes their
movement and ends in a still shape. The warmup can be repeated
Variation: Students can use
their selected shapes and locomotor movement on a different pathway.