This is Lesson One of the Rapid Still Imagination Lesson Plan for elementary grades K-5.

The next five lessons, and other information, may be found in the Imagination Lesson Plan PDF ABOVE.

LESSON ONE: Identifying and Exploring Different Types of Movements and Their Possible Variations

Activity #1. Identifying Different Types of Movements

Ask students the following questions and write a list of their responses on chart paper on the wall. Title the list, “Different Types of Movements.”

  • What are some different types of movements people can do?
Ask several students, one at a time, to physically try out some of the different movements
from the list.

Ask the class:

  • What do you notice about this movement?
  • How would you describe what happens in the movement?
Choose one student’s type of movement to focus on (for example, a “jump”).

Ask the following questions and create a short list of responses:

  • What do all jumps have in common, regardless of how you jump?
  • What are some different ways of doing this movement?
  • How can the movement be varied in some way without changing the type of movement it is?
Let students know that, as a class, you will be calling these different ways of doing the same type of movement, “Variations.” “Variations on a Movement.”

Lead a brief discussion on the words “Vary” or “Variation”—when students have heard this word before and in relation to what; and whether they relate it to any other subject area they study.

Activity #2. Coming up with Our Own Variation on a Type of Movement

In groups of 4, ask groups to choose one type of movement from the “Different Types of Movements” list and decide, as a group, how they would like to do that movement, and to remember specifically how they are doing it.

Once the groups have their movement, ask them to consider the following questions:

  • Can you imagine another, very different way of doing this same type of movement?
  • What would a variation on your movement be?
After students try out their variations, ask:

  • How would you describe your variation?
  • How is this variation different from your original movement?
Ask one group at a time to show their original movement and its variation.

Document responses to the following questions on a list titled, “How Movement Can Vary.”

  • What do you notice about how the movement varied?
  • In what ways is it different from the original version of the movement?
  • What changed?
NOTE: Examples of responses might be things like: faster, slower, higher, lower, whole body moving vs. just the legs, etc.

Finish the lesson with the following questions, and document the responses:

  • What are the different things we studied today?
  • Are you relating in any way these ideas to other subject areas?

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