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Exploring SHAPE

  • Lesson Plan Creator: Linda C. Smith
  • Grades: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
  • Subjects: Math, P.E.
  • Part of Class: Creative Movement
  • National/State Fine Arts Standards: Create, Perform/Present, Connect, Respond

Using creativity to design and explore three simple frozen shapes.

Learning Objectives/Goals

This lesson plan relates to the Shape Dance from Fin Amour, focuses on creating movement from the shapes of objects in the room.

Materials Needed

A large space, a drum and music.


Class goals and objectives, space boundaries


Have students look around the room and point to something that has straight lines in it.  Then make a straight line shape with your body.  Repeat this with a Curved Line and a Zig-Zag or Angle Line as well.  They will finish with 3 shapes. 


Have the students move slowly from one shape to another in 8 counts, then 4 counts, then 2 counts and finally in 1 count for each shape. Decide on an order and then create a pattern that goes from one shape to another slowly, then quickly.


Divide students into groups of three.  Have the students explore ways their 3 shapes can connect.  Explore the different ways they can move from one shape to the next.  Slow? Sustained? Fast? Smooth?


Have the groups show to one another and have the audience notice the different ways or qualities of movement.

Extension to the Lesson

Try freezing in one of the shapes, then have the students pick a locomotor movement to move away from the shape for 8 counts and then move back to it in 8 counts. 

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