Embodied learning

March 5, 2018

 

Fractions, toddlers and movement. With my toddler group we approached fractions using our bodies and here are some ideas you may follow with your team, as well. I am also attaching a free pdf bellow with the tips and all the steps -use it! 

 

 

STEP ONE: Introduce shapes to the children. With my team we talked about the circle, the square, the triangles and the rectangular.

 

STEP TWO: Explore which of these shapes you can represent with your body. Sure, you can make a circle with your mouth or a triangle with your fingers. How about a triangle with your legs? Or your hands? Can you create a rectangular with your team? What’s the biggest circle you can do? Just try and explore the possibilities. You don’t have to be successful from the beginning. Just give it a go and have fun. Try to lay down, stand up, work in teams or individually.

 

STEP THREE: How about cutting that circle in half? The triangle? Use free printables and shapes you can cut in half. Try to cut in half some objects in your room -the table, maybe the door. Don’t forget, we see shapes everywhere!

 

STEP FOUR: Next step, add some movement. What if you do a spin with your body and then…cut this movement in half? Or, what if you do a leap and then try to repeat that leap but in half of the distance…? Every person has a different style, and its own unique movement. Try to incorporate this singular movement of each one of your students to this activity. How about cutting a smile in half? 

Apply the concept “half”. We danced on a piece of newspaper that we kept folding in half. Final step? Unfold the newspaper. How many parts you have?​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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