Four Corner Warmup
Background: In this warmup
the class is divided into four equal groups. Four students are
designated as a movement leader and create a sequence of movements
that the group follows. When the music is played the movements will
occur and when the music stops the group stop and rotate clockwise
to the next corner however, the student leader remains at the corner
and is the leader for the new group. Groups rotate to each corner in
the warmup. The rotation can be completed more than one time and
leaders can be changed.
Grade Level: 4-8
Equipment: Four cones to
designate the four corners in the space. Music using a MP3 player or
Formation: Place one cone
in each corner of the space. Divide the class into four equal
groups. One student is assigned as the leader and stands by one of
the corner cones. Assign each of the four groups a corner to
begin the warmup.
Movements: Students choose
locomotor and nonlocomotor movements.
While the music is played the student leader improvises a sequence
of movements and the group at his or her corner follows. The group
faces the leader.
When the music stops, the group rotates clockwise to the next corner
however, the leader remains at the corner and leads the new
The leader can improvise different movements for each of the four
groups or repeat previous movements.
Variations: The teacher can
designate different ways to move such as:
Move in slow motion,
Alternate using the right and left side of the body,
Use jumping or hopping,
Use a movement that changes levels
Only use hand and arm movements
Use only swinging movements
Use only punching and kicking movements
Use swinging movement
Use movements that represent a sport action
Use balanced shapes - decide how long to hold the shape still.