Physical Activities

To help you understand, identify, and experience The Clues, here are a few activities that will also get you on your feet moving’ and groovin’

“Bended” Knee

  • Have students walk from one end of the room/gym to the other without bending their knees
  • See how high students can jump without bending their knees for take off
  • Can they sit down without bending their knees?
  • Now do the above movements allowing for the natural bend in the knee to occur
  • What other actions are better accomplished with bent knees?

Torso twist

  • Identify where everyone’s torso is on their body
  • What bones make up a person’s torso?
  • Explore the directions that your torso can move (front and back, side to side, circles, straight lines)
  • Can you imagine having a bouncy ball in your torso?
  • What are all the different ways you  could make it bounce?

Rhythm Circle

  • Standing in a large circle, divide into groups of four or so.
  • The first four will be group 1, the next group will be group 2, etc.
  • Begin by having the entire circle clap a steady 4/4 rhythm (1,2,3,4, 1,2,3,4,,,) at a fairly slow tempo.
  • While the rest of the students maintain this steady rhythm, ask group 1 to improvise their own rhythms, each person in group 1 clapping whatever they feel. Remember that the simpler and sparser the improvisation, the better it will sound.
  • After a set time, such as eight sets of four, or when a signal is given by the leader, group one joins the group with the steady rhythm and group 2 is given a chance to improvise.
  • Once all the groups have completed their improvisation, have group 1 improvise while another group dances to the rhythms in the centre of the circle. Again remember that less is more. Try to focus on reflecting the rhythms clearly with body parts, and always have at least one group maintaining the steady 4/4 clapping.

Rhythm Papers

  • Give each child 3 pieces of 8 1/2″ X 11″ paper
  • Leave one piece whole
  • Cut one piece into two
  • Cut one piece into four
  • Decorate pieces in different patterns – keeping the two pieces the same as each other, and the four pieces the same as each other
  • Assign these rhythm values:
    • full piece = 4 counts (whole note)
    • 1/2 pieces = 2 counts each (half note)
    • 1/4 pieces = 1 count each (quarter note)
    • Clap each piece with the coordinating rhythm value:
    • full piece (whole note) = 1  clap – 4 counts long
    • 1/2 pieces (half notes) = 1 clap each – 2 counts long
    • 1/4 pieces (quarter notes) = 1 clap each – 1 count long
  • Arrange the pieces on the floor in order – shortest to longest – clap the resulting rhythm
  • Arrange the pieces in any order you wish – clap the resulting rhythm
  • Discuss and explore ways of making different patterns of 4 counts, 8 counts, and 12 counts