Before the students enter make a mess in the gym or your room by randomly placing ribbons, exercise balls and swimming noodles all over the floor. (This is optional but the kids love it).
Start right off by dancing the following movements with no explanation (and do not say the key words - just do the movement and have the students follow you).
|Small||Start in a small shape.|
|Alive||Without traveling around, do big movements (big arms, circling torso, turns, deep knee bends, etc.)|
|Everywhere||Run anywhere 1,2,3,4; Freeze 5,6,7,8. Repeat 3 more times. On the freezes create shapes that are stuck to the walls, on the floors, facing upward - as if on the ceiling, in the middle of the room, on a variety of levels, connected to other people, etc.|
|Simple||From the last frozen shape, just simply move only the head very slowly from one direction to another.|
|Replicate||Call out one students’ name. Have that student run into the center of the room and create a shape. Then one at a time each student runs to the center and connects to the other students in creative shapes.|
|Copy||Students now grab one partner’s hand and pulls them out of the clump. Together they create a huddle, then break apart and create individual shapes. Repeat: huddle, break apart, individual shapes.|
|Spherical||Individually create circles of all kinds: circle shapes, circling arms, circling floor patterns, etc.|
|Rod||Now create long straight shapes: on the ground, with just arms, with whole body, with just legs, etc.|
|Spiral||Do spiraling movements 1,2,3,4, hold a spiraled shape 5,6,7,8. Repeat 3 more times.|
|Help||Grab a partner’s hand and “help” them around the ribbons, over the exercise balls, and over and around the noodles.|
|Hinder||Stop suddenly and do staccato movement.|
|Break Down||Do lots of little collapses to the floor.|
Now repeat the dance and say the key words as you dance it. At the end, ask the students if they can guess what they are dancing about.
After they guess what they’re dancing about (or after you tell them), repeat the dance a third time and explain the key words as they dance each section.
|Small||Bacteria is so small you can only see it through a microscope.|
|Alive||Bacteria is alive.|
|Everywhere||Bacteria is found everywhere: in soil, in the bread we eat, inside humans, etc.|
|Simple||Bacteria is made up of simple cells that fall under the heading prokaryotic, therefore, they do not have an organized nucleus.|
|Replicate||Bacteria loves to replicate which is their whole purpose in life.|
|Copy||One bacteria cell can divide and create two cells.|
|Spherical||Bacteria comes in 3 different types of shapes. One shape is spherical.|
|Rod||Another bacteria shape is rod shapes, or bacilli (looks like hot dogs).|
|Spiral||And finally bacteria is found in spiraled shapes.|
|Help||Bacteria can be very helpful. It helps plants absorb nitrogen and it helps humans use the nutrients in food. Also scientists use good bacteria to produce medicines and vaccines.|
|Hinder||However some bacteria can be very harmful causing sore throats (like strep throat), ear infections, cavities and even pneumonia.|
|Break Down||Bacteria helps to break down cellulose.|
(Remember they learn through repetition!) Repeat the dance a fourth time, yet this time have them tell you all they know about bacteria as they dance the dance.
When looking through a microscope, bacteria would be found in the following shapes:
This next section is not as movement based, but it creates a visual of what bacteria looks like in a microscope. Call out the name of one of the above shapes and have them respond using the props (exercise balls, ribbons and swimming noodles).
The class could now perform the above dance for parents or other classmates. However, they could also take the above idea of using key words to create small group dances about fungus. Fungus has wonderful images from their flowering bodies which include: mushrooms, slime molds, birds’ nests, puffballs, truffles, brackets, cups, corals, earthstars, etc. I find these are very inspiring for movement and I’ve seen some beautiful dances come from the inspiration of fungus!
More information about fungus is: athlete’s foot, tinea and ringworm are some diseases caused by fungus; fungus lives in soil, lakes, rivers, seas, the air, in or on plants or animals (even humans), etc. Once the students create their fungus dances have them perform for each other.
While the kids are dancing watch to see if they are understanding the concepts. If not, sidecoach them to help them understand.SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT:
You can have a discussion or quiz at the end of the lesson; or have the students share what they learned with a partner and then report to another group of students or to you as to what they learned.
They can also demonstrate their understanding through choreographic assignments (but be sure the objectives are clear for the assignment and then make sure they meet those objectives).