This is a short post today, highlighting one a favorite winter books that I use for movement exploration in K and 1! -
First I read the book while students listen and identify movement words (clip-clop, hip-hop, shake, etc.)
Next, I read the book again and we act it out! Each page has a non-locomotor movement, and then the last couplet of the page, we use a locomotor movement to find a new spot in the room. We gallop, hop, shake, bear crawl, push and pull, kick our feet, and more with this fun book.
The Locomotor movements for each page are:
Clip-Clop ~ Gallop
Hip-Hop ~ Hop
Flip-Flop ~ Seal Walk (using just arms, drag legs behind you). If your room isn't big enough OR your students can't handle the seal walk, you can also have them pretend their arms are flippers and walk upright to a new spot.
Pit-Pat ~ Tip toe (like you are walking quick and light on snow)
Thump-Bump ~ Bear Crawl (Crawl with out your knees touching the floor)
During the "Look, Where? See? There!" page I have students sit, so that on the next page, where Santa's feet are flailing, they can kick their feet up in the air like described. We then stand and HEAVE HO (push and pull) and finally gallop one more time back to our seats as Santa and the reindeer go WHOOSH, AWAY!
Get the book HERE