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Movement Story One: The Tortoise and the Hare
Resources needed: Clear space and a copy of the story below.
Introduction: Ask the children do they know the story of the tortoise and the hare. Tell them you are going to tell them the story but instead of just sitting and listening they are going to participate in the story. Tell them that they are going to listen for the following words and they have to do the action associated with that word when they hear it in the story. The teacher should explain any words that the children might not understand, such as "boastful"--which is telling everyone how good you are at something. The teacher should go through the different words and their movement. If there are too many words for the age group the teacher can omit some of them. Once the teacher has gone through the words and the actions, she then shouts out words randomly to see if everyone knows the action. The children find their own space in the room so they can move freely and then the story can begin.
Boast/boastful/boasting--stand up straight and puff out chest.
Woods--children make themselves into trees.
Animals--each child chooses a different animal found in the woods and moves like that animal.
Hare--make bunny ears with your hands.
Fast--children move as fast as they can.
Run--run on the spot.
Tortoise--children bend over as if they have something heavy on their back.
Slow--children move in slow motion around the room.
Narrator: Once upon a time there was a very boastful hare that lived in the woods with lots of other animals. He was always boasting about how fast he could run. He boasted, "I'm the fastest animal in the woods. No one can run as fast as me." The other animals were tired of listening to him. One day the tortoise said to the hare, "Hare you are so boastful. I challenge you to a race." Hare laughed and said, "Tortoise, you will never beat me. You are too slow and steady." They decided whoever got to the other side of the woods the fastest was the winner. All the other animals in the woods came to watch the race. The hare ran as fast as he could through the woods. After a while he thought to himself, "I'm so fast that slow tortoise will never beat me. I think I will take a quick nap." Soon he fell asleep. The tortoise walked slowly through the woods. He passed the sleeping hare. The animals watched the tortoise near the finishing line. The animals cheered loudly. The hare woke up and ran as fast as he could through the woods to the finishing line but it was too late. The slow tortoise had won the race. All the animals in the woods congratulated the tortoise. The hare had to remind himself that he shouldn't boast about his fast pace because slow and steady won the race.
Closure: Do you think the hare was boastful after the race? Why not? What lesson did we learn from the story? Now I want you to be your chosen animal again. All the animals stand in a straight line. The teacher explains that they are going to have a race but they must move in slow motion.
From the Inside Flap
Part One: Movement Activities. There are eight different categories in this section. Each category, such as warm up games, states the main benefit of the activity it features. However, all of the activities in this book have more than one benefit. The games are clearly set out and the appropriate age group and minimum amount of children needed to participate are listed for each one. The other benefits of playing the game are also stated, and detailed instructions are provided, along with suggested extension for some of the games.
Part Two: Movement Stories. Movement stories are an enjoyable way for children to explore different ways of moving. The stories allow the children to physically express themselves with freedom and imagination. In addition, the movement stories in this book promote key skills, such as listening, teamwork, coordination, balance, strength, flexibility and memory. The following movement stories can be used with children as young as three years old. Each story in this section is clearly laid out. There is an introduction and closure activity for each story and the resources needed are listed at the beginning.