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Read It. Move It. Share It. is a collaboration with Kerry from Picture Books and Pirouettes. Once a month Kerry recommends a book for me to use in my creative movement classes. Then I write a post on what I did with the book and how I used it with the kids in hopes of giving you some ideas to use in your classes! Here is the June book. Enjoy!
First, jump over here and read the review of this book. Then jump back here to read how I used the book in creative dance class!
This book took some planning but was really successful after I worked it out. Here’s what I did:
We read the book first and since it repeats we could remember the story pretty easily. After we read the book we explored each animal movements before we made it into a dance. I separated the class into a few different groups. I did this with 5’s so it’s your call if you want to ask them what animal they want to be or just assign them to an animal yourself. I find asking them works with 5’s and they get more into it because they had a choice.
There was a frog group. A fish group. A snake and a turtle group. We also had a few flies. Every time the book would say jump, frog, jump, the frogs would do just that. The fish, snake and turtle had an entrance and exit. It was almost like a little dancing play. They loved it! For time sake, I only used half of the book. We did discuss how we would dance the other half with using a net and a basket. We ended it by all being frogs and jumping off into the distance. It was cute. 🙂
I think that this would be a great book to use for summer camp because it takes a bit of time to organize. I found that it taught the dancers to be patient. They had to wait for their part to come up in the story and sometimes that is not easy to do. Everyone wasn’t always dancing all the time. I realized we rarely practice this skill in dances we create.
What about you? Do you think your students would enjoy a book like this? Have you ever tried a book that has certain parts? I would love to hear!
p.s. read more of our book collaborations here.