Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back to School with Newspaper Dancing

Hurray!  We are back in school and back to making music!  This week students at Richwoods learned how to do the newspaper dance.  We started with a section of the paper, unfolding it and laying it flat.  This was our "dance floor".  Students then could dance in their space.  Before we started, each group decided what they considered to be "dancing".  Most groups said that to be dancing you had to move your arms and legs in some fashion.

And so the dancing began...
Now, as fun as that was...it was just getting started.  Next, we stepped off the newspaper and folded it in half and stepped on again.  After a while, students had to move in very creative ways to stay on the newspaper.
We had a great time defining "dance", practing making the fraction 1/2 and movin' and groovin' to some great tunes.

21 comments:

  1. Awesome idea! Thank you so much for sharing. I have seen this with hoola hoops but newspaper is so much easier!
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  2. Thanks for sharing!
    I am your newest follower! I am a new blogger and love connecting with other upper grade teachers!
    Layla

    Fancy Free in Fourth

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  3. Great idea! I'm going to try this!

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  4. Great idea! Would you share some of the tunes that you moved to?

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  5. Gettin' Jiggy Wit It by Will Smith
    Rock Around the Clock
    Fun, Fun, Fun -Beach Boys
    Wipeout
    Thank God I'm a Country Boy
    We Got the Beat
    That's the Way I Like It
    ...there were more I just can't remember them! :-)

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  6. Wonderful idea and very tangible way to reinforce "personal space." Karen

    OTinPublicSchools.blogspot.com

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  7. Love this idea, so stealing it! Please please please post about your lap packs - I'm a music teacher without a classroom, and this looks like something that could be really helpful!

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  8. What a wonderful idea I can share with my daughter's second grade teacher. I can also work this into a fractions lesson for my preservice teachers.

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  9. What a great idea. I will have to share this with my daughter's second grade teacher. I can also work in a fractions lesson with my preservice teachers.

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  10. I am an elementary school counselor and love this idea. I have done hula hoops, but the kids would love to be able to dance as well as learn the personal space lesson. Thank you
    Judy

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  11. As a Pre-K teacher we talk about "personal space bubbles"...this would be a great way to illustrate and have them understand it in a visual way...thanks for the idea.

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  12. Excellent idea with minimal resources! Thanks for sharing! Lisa from Blackburn Primary School Melbourne, Australia

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  13. Excellent idea with minimal resources! Thanks for sharing! Lisa from Blackburn Primary School Melbourne, Australia

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  14. This is a great idea. I plan to use it in my social skills classes to help us defeat the Unthinkable, Space Invader. I just started a blog, look for a link to your great idea there!

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  15. Fun and creative way to reinforce the concept of personal space!Thanks for sharing.

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  16. great idea! thanks for sharing:) definitely using it for my movement class:) would love to hear more ideas too:) thanks again:)

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  17. This is genius! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

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  18. This is a great activity that could also connect with the musical, Newsies! They dance on newspapers in the Broadway version!

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  19. Fun, creative, purposeful. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing!

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