Speed is an element of Time.
This lesson is 5th in the sequence.
Now that children have some familiarity with pathway, direction, size, level and place, they can work more successfully as they travel or move in one spot slowly and quickly. They have more ‘tools in their toolbox’ for creative choices. They can now focus on moving to the pulse, an excellent music connection.
Look for books and music resources that reinforce the concept of speed as a follow-up or lead-in to this lesson.
Lesson 4 is on Pathways.
Pathways can be done through the air or on the floor, and are also called air patterns or floor patterns.
There are three basic pathways: curved, straight and zig-zag.
Pathways are useful for teaching the skill of forming letter shapes, numbers, and other things that involve writing. You can “write” a pathway with any body part in any direction and make it big or small. By playing with air and floor writing, you can make the practice unusual and therefore memorable.
This lesson plan – 4 Pathway for Ages 4-5 – does not connect overtly to writing, but could be adapted for that purpose. When you look for pictures to make the dances in the Creating part of the lesson, look for post cards that have a variety of lines and shapes that are relatively easy to ‘read’ with the eyes, and that also provide variety.