And so the dancing began...
We had a great time defining "dance", practing making the fraction 1/2 and movin' and groovin' to some great tunes. With older students we created math sentences like "We are standing in 1/8th of the space that we started on."
Some of my favorite tunes to use with this activity:
"I Like to Move It" by Crazy Frog
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver
"Get Jiggy Wit It" by Will Smith
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams
"Best Years of Our Lives" by Baha Men
"The Twist" by Chubby Checker
"Goofy Goober Rock" by Spongebob
"Walk Like an Egyptian" by the Bangles
"Everything is AWESOME" from the Lego Movie
"Boot Scootin' Boogie" by Brooks and Dunn
Are you looking for movement ideas for that first week of school? How about ribbon dancing? You can create really inexpensive ribbons or streamers with plastic table cloths and pencils (or chopsticks or dowel rods or something of similar size. Check out THIS blog post to learn how to make them. Then check out these:
I also love to use other sets of movement cards that don't always have one correct way of being interpreted. I have several sets of Freeze Dance and Creative Movement cards that you might be interested in.