Stomp, Swish, and Swoop With The Dinosaurs

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 my students in hopes of giving you some new ideas to use in your classes! Here is the July book. Enjoy!

Confession: I know nothing about Dinosaurs. I can’t even pronounce their names. AT ALL. Good thing my littles are dinosaur experts! Seriously! They know everything about them, it’s amazing to me! Do they teach about dinosaurs in preschool? Maybe I missed that part of school. 😉  My 4’s were super excited when I brought in this book about dinosaurs to explore. Here’s what we did:

The book has awesome movement words to explore. We read the book all the way through first, and then extracted the words that we thought were interesting and would allow us to move in interesting ways. Also, a few quotes the littles said about the words. 🙂

Swish: “Kind of like the sound your pants make when you walk” We walked with our legs close together. Sorta silly, but so different.

Whipping: Whipped our heads, our arms. “like that song about whipping your hair” ha! whatever works, right?

Striding: Fast and slow strides. We realized that everyone’s walk (stride) is different. Then we tried small and big strides and fast and slow.

Opening: Make a shape with your body, then open and close it. Open one body part, open two. It’s a wonderful feeling to open up everything in our bodies. “It’s like my mom doing yoga!”

Gliding: Like sliding! “we are ice skating!”

Swooping and Soaring: Arms straight out. I told them to pretend their arms were one straight line. This is sorta hard for them, because they want to flap their arms to fly. After we tried soaring, we swooped down low. Fun!

Pouncing: The dinosaur that pounces in the book is hunting. We pretended we were hunting prey and when we saw something delicious we pounced on it! Lots of jumps and tumbles.

Zooming: Fast running! My littles love to run, they would do it all the time if I didn’t teach them new ways to move their body. I think running is kids default. Ha! We said the word as we ran. Zooooooooooooooooooooooom!

Charging: Similar to zooming, but the run starts slow, gets fast, and then slows down again!

Strolling: A nice little “loose” strut. Having good music helped on this one!

Have you ever used a book about dinosaurs with your students? What about exploring unique movement words? I LOVE new words to incorporate! I would love to hear your ideas, and any other words that you find successful!

Swoop on over to Kerry’s blog to see what interesting facts she has on this book! I bet she can pronounce the dinosaur names better than I can! 😉 


  1. Hi, Maria. I love your post…and how you incorporated so many of the movement words from the book into class. So fun to hear the comments from the kids, too! Thanks for another great collaboration. Yeah!

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      Thanks Kerry! I loved all the new words. Literacy and Dance education at it’s best! xo

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