Students will dance their way into remembering what verbs and nouns are. They will also understand and create a dance about collective nouns.
The student identifies and demonstrates the dance elements of time, space, and energy.
The student understands and demonstrates choreographic principles and processes in the art form of dance.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Use collective nouns
Review or teach what a verb and noun are.
Have students move one body part any way they like, prompt with different verbs, ie. wiggle, circle, slice. On your you signal, they will freeze until you signal for them to move another part. Work the body, arms, legs, torso, head. Divide the class in half and have them watch each other. Ask the students “what verbs did they see”, “What did they do that was more like a noun?
Teach the students the following to help the remember what a verb and a noun is:
Brainstorm a list of verbs and nouns Using this list have the students dance the verbs – (moving in space) or nouns ( a frozen shape) when you call the word out.
Show pictures of collective nows – Explain that a collective noun is a group of nouns who often have many things in common, such as a Herd of horses. Model through movement/dance a collective noun.
Collective noun -Herd of Horses
Noun -They look similar – Make a shape that has ideas of what the noun is
They often move similar – brainstorm verbs – gallop, prance, buck, whinny
Are occupying the same area. Move together as a group in curved pathway.
Have the students move the whole sequence – make shape (noun), move that shape (verbs) and follow or move in a certain area of the room. Ask students how they can make the sequence more interesting, they could do it slowly, quickly, on different levels and pathways. Point out that these are Adverbs and adjectives. Brain storm a list of adjectives/adverbs.
Create a collective noun dance using verbs, nouns, adjectives/adverbs.
In groups – give each group chose a collective noun photo to dance. Have them brainstorm in a graphic organizer
Divide the class into groups – have each group perform for each other.
After watching perceive and reflect about what they saw. What collective noun did they use? What ideas did they dance that made them a collective noun?
What did you like and what suggestions do you have to make it even more clear?