This lesson is the first in a series I have created to help parents and teachers explore movement and dance in a fun and creative way at home and in their classrooms.
It creatively explores moving in ways that represent a car, train, and plane and uses music carefully selected to help ignite the imagination and provide a beat and rhythm to dance to.
It was originally developed for my 2-year-old toddler who loves trains and cars, but my older children loved dancing along as well, so I realized the lesson could be used for all kids not just toddlers and preschoolers.
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LINKS TO THE CURRICULUM
As a teacher in Australia with a Bachelor of Education (Primary), I am always looking at ways to creatively teach children and regularly used dance and movement in my classroom to enforce learning of concepts and material we were learning about in different areas of the school curriculum.
The following are some links and connections that can be made from this movement lesson to various other areas of learning!
Mathematics and Arithmetic
- Count cars driving up and down a street or in a parking lot.
- Create a graph of the different colored cars you see drive past your street, neighborhood or in a parking lot to see which is the most popular color.
- Look at statistics and graphs on the web and interpret these about the number of cars being made today or statistics on road safety.
- Learn about how speed is measured and use this knowledge to explore addition, subtraction and multiplication problems.
- Explore transport timetables and try to work out how to get from one place to another.
English and Literacy
- Write a recount or retelling about a car ride, train or plane trip you have been on.
- Research and then write a report or explanation about your favorite form of transport.
- Write an argumentative or persuasive essay regarding transport for example: Why everyone should own an electric car or Why more people should catch public transport instead of driving.
- Learn about the history of transport or a particular type of transport.
- Discover why we need transport.
- Explore the forms of transport you have available to you in your community, suburb, state, country.
- Imagine the future transportation system needs of the future.
Science & Technology
- Design transport of the future.
- Design and make a form of transport – a gocart, a wagon, or even make a miniature remote control car or train etc…
- Fix or repair a bike
- Code and create a game on the computer to do with transport
Geography (Links to mathematics as well)
- Look at road maps and create directions to places from your school or home to the shops, hospitals or local cinema.
- Explore train lines on maps – how they are represented, how long they are, the distance between each stop, how many you have locally or in your state.
- Create your own maps of your local area and include bus stops or train lines and stations.