This past week with my 4’s, 5’s, and 6’s I did a lesson on body parts + connected shapes! My littles were fascinated by it and so very creative! It’s a really great focusing exercise and also promotes teamwork and problem solving!
I partnered up the students and called out body parts to connect. “Connect your backs.” “Connect your heels.” “Connect your hands.” I tried to encourage them to make shapes that were interesting to look at. I modeled connecting my elbows in a boring, sleepy shape, and then modeled an interesting shape. I told them if it was interesting I would take a picture of it. 🙂
After we exhausted every body part I made it more challenging. With their partner I told them they had to decide who would be Partner A and who would be Partner 1. Ok, watching 4 year olds negotiate and work this out was priceless. These are life skills, friends!!
I heard one partner say “Reese, which one would you like to be?” We talked about being flexible and a good listener to their partner. I did have one conflict where they couldn’t work it out. I tried to help, but still no budge, so I just continued on and that made them decide quickly.
I chose Partner A and Partner 1 so there was no first and second. A and 1 are equally first. It worked out so well.
Next I called out body parts like this “Partner A connect your back to partner 1’s legs.” Then I alternated. ‘Partner 1 connect your elbow to partner A’s knee.” I loved it and they loved it!
Next time you do a partner dance, try using partner A and Partner 1. I think if I would have done A + B or 1+2 there would have been many more conflicts. Don’t you think?
Have you ever asked your students to negotiate and make decisions together? I think this is what dance for littles is all about! Have you ever given partners two different “names?” Have you done connected shapes with body parts? I would love to hear! 🙂