Topic 5 Recommended Activities

Duration: 5-10’

Organisation

Participants can do this activity individually, depending on the motor skills of each participant, either standing or sitting. This activity goal is to allow the participants to experiment with their bodies and improve their proprioception.

Step by step:

Nose

  1. With closed eyes, participants will place their arms outstretched.
  2. When the teacher says so, they should try to touch their noses with alternate arms.

Shoulders

  1. With eyes closed, participants will place their arms outstretched.
  2. When the teacher says so, they should try to touch their noses with alternate arms.

Knees

  1. With eyes closed, participants will place their arms outstretched.
  2. They should try to lift one knee and try to touch it with the opposite arm.

Duration: 10’

Organisation

Participants are divided into 4 groups, which are located in the outermost part of the classroom, at different points. Preferably the classroom should be open-plan.

Step by step:

  1. Divide the students into 4 groups.
  2. Divide the groups around the classroom.
  3. Assign a type of atom to each group (Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon and Nitrogen).
  4. Each atom will have a motion depending on the number of bonds it can make:
    1. Hydrogen: Can form 1 bond. E.g. they move one hand up and down.
    2. Oxygen: Can form 2 bonds. E.g. they move both hands up and down.
    3. Nitrogen: Can form 3 bonds. E.g. They move both hands and head up and down.
    4. Carbon: Can form 4 bonds. E.g. They move both hands up and down, but can join two bonds.
  5. Each group should be in its own area making its movement without stopping, until the teacher shows a molecule, then the groups that appear in that molecule should move to the centre of the room and synchronise their movements to create the molecules. (During all the movements the participants should make their movement without stopping).
  1. Once the molecules have been created, they will leave the central area.

NOTE: In this activity we begin to introduce the participants intuitively to the Topic of space in dance and of rhythm as they have to synchronize with each other.

Examples of molecules that can be formed with the proposed atoms, including the bonds between them, are included.

Duration: 5-10’

Students express in a large circle how they felt or what they understood