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November 11
Water Dance

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I was recently at a conference on place-based learning where a presentor spoke on bringing dance into the classroom as a great way to explore principles of water movement.
 

She had us line up in equal lines, the middle line stood as close together as possible shoulder to shoulder.The Front line was rain, the second pavement, the rear line was ground water. We all had hand movements and the non-participates were the sound effects for the preformance. ...the rain came with thunder and lightning; the first row(rain) was scrambling to penetrate the middle row (pavement) looking for ways to move downward towards the rear row who was reaching and grapping to pull the water through the pavement and into it flold. It was great fund. She said this was a wrap up on a session on permeability. It can be expanded to different types of soil with more open pores.

I think sometimes we forget the need of many of our students who learn through movement...

The Kinesthetic Learner: When I need to remember something, I usually need to move around, take short breaks, and take some kind of action. 

Easy things Clare suggested: Let your students fall to the ground like a leaf, move their bodies in the motion of the waves, be a tree with a bird landing on you or a squirel crawling up your trunk, or let them act out a process like osmosis.

To read more and see some of her work here are some links:

Thirsty Flood

Lakedance.org

Flow:reversed

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