Online Kids & Toddlers Dance, Movement & Fitness Class – Exploring Zoo Animals 1

This lesson is the second 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 lion, monkey and elephant and uses music carefully selected to help ignite the imagination and provide a beat and rhythm to dance to.

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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

Use a search engine to look up ‘maths worksheets or maths activities about lions or monkeys or elephants’ and you will be surprised at the number of free resources available to you or ideas such as the one in the photo from rainydaymum.co.uk. Or go to a site such as Teachers Pay Teachers where you can buy themed and leveled worksheets for kids.

English and Literacy

  • Recount a time you have visited the zoo.
  • Write a narrative about going on a safari or jungle adventure that includes a lion, monkey or elephant
  • Research and then write a report or explanation about lions, monkeys or elephants.
  • Write an argumentative or persuasive essay expressing your position on zoos, hunting or urbanization and the taking over of animals habitats.

Social Studies, Science & Technology

  • Go on an excursion to the zoo or watch a documentary about these animals.
  • Learn about the African Savannah or Jungle ecosystems and why they are important for our Earth.
  • Explore how these animals have evolved over time.
  • Roleplay being a vet at a zoo – create a veterinarian clinic at home or in the classroom and discover how to care for these animals. (links to biology)

Geography

  • Mark on a map of the world all the locations that lions, elephants or monkeys live in their natural habitat.
About the Author

Samantha Bellerose

Samantha is a wife and mother of four kids aged 1-9. She danced and acted from the age of 5 and performed in film clips, on television, and in musical theatre professionally. She also taught dance, but after leaving the profession to backpack through Europe, Canada and the USA with her husband for three years, she then completed an Education Degree and taught within primary schools in Australia. Today she is a business owner with her husband and the creator and writer for Dance Parent 101 where she hopes her previous experience as a dancer, current experience as a dance parent and the research and writing skills she gained completing her education degree will help enlighten parents on their journey with their child through the world of dance.

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