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Alphabet Walk - #11

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Alphabet Walk - #11
Section: Warm-Up & Cool-Down
Equipment: None
Movement Concept(s): Effort (time, force, flow)
Skill Theme(s): Traveling, jumping & landing

  

Organization:

  1. Students are scattered throughout the activity area. 

Description:

  1. Students imagine their feet have been dipped in paint. They will explore how the body moves by painting letters and numbers on the ground.
  2. Provide students with a painting project. For example, ask students to paint their first/last name, best friend’s name, name of their favorite book/movie/ice cream/movement, the entire alphabet, the name of their teacher/school/principal, a math problem, individual letters/numbers, vowels/consonants, vocabulary words, etc.
  3. Combine the painting project with a contrasting concept of effort:

Time – paint fast/slow, paint like a cheetah/snail, paint like a train that chugs faster and faster and then gets slower and slower.
Force – paint and glide/stomp, paint moving sneaky/scared, paint feeling angry/sad/happy/confused.
Flow – paint like you are floating in the sky/climbing a ladder, paint with exploding jump stops/drifting lazy walk.

Teaching Suggestions:

  1. For young readers, hold up signs indicating letters of the alphabet, numbers or words.
  2. Alter the size of the painting space. A large “canvas” requires painting in the entire activity area, a small “canvas” requires painting in self space.

Now Try This:

  1. Allow students to invent their own methods for demonstrating how the body moves and teach their ideas to a partner. 
  2. Have pairs hold hands or stand one behind the other and paint together.



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