Do you have fun holiday traditions that you like to incorporate every year? One of my favorites is the idea of listing something that I am thankful for every day during November. Sometimes I do this on social media, sometimes it's with our family, other times I journal it. This year, my oldest son Connor has started "journaling" with me every night. We "write" down what we are thankful for that day. His are scribbles in his journal, but the concept is still there.
A little gratitude goes a long way.
With Thanksgiving and the holidays coming up, I thought it would be fun to have a little "Giving Thanks" game in our movement class. It will allow our students to tell us what they are thankful for and be a fun game for us to play as we look forward to our break next week. Also, it's an easy peasy lesson plan- my favorite kind of LP. #amiright?!
There are a few different ways you can play this, depending upon your specific students' level of comprehension, how much time you have, and their ability to make verbal choices. This is the simplest version. It's all auditory.
If you have the time, patience, and energy, it would be fun to make a "Thankful Tree" where you have the student(s) write or Braille what they are thankful for, then attach that to a leaf and hang it on a fake tree. Such a cute idea. This week, that is far above my teaching abilities.
So, here's how it works (without the Thankful Tree):
If you have one student:
1. Have your student identify five things they are thankful for. Then, they can name five movements that they want to do. You can choose to have them name 10 things they are thankful and 10 movements. Bonus points if your student likes a specific number and you have them choose that number of things they are thankful for and movements!
2. Have the student "teach" you the pose.
If you have multiple students:
1. Have them take turns saying both A. What they are thankful for and B. a movement that they want the class to do.
2. Have them teach the pose to the class.
My students can often move their bodies in to the movement better than they can describe the movement. Helping them come up with the words to use helps them process the words behind the movement.
Letting each kid be the leader for a movement allows them to practice their self-determination skills and increases their vocabulary around their actions.
In the end, your movement class/session will be a fun and eclectic set of movements for the students to try!
It is a really simple game, and really fun!
If you try it with your students, leave a reply and let me know!
There will not be a weekly email next week. We will be traveling and life will be Cray, with a capital C. I am wishing you all the best over your Thanksgiving Break!