Lynne walks through a fun creative lesson that explores the live cycle of a frog.
LS1.B Standard 1.2.4: Construct an explanation of the patterns in the behaviors of parents and offspring which help offspring to sur-vive.
LS1.B Standard 3.2.1: Develop and use models to describe changes that organisms go through during their life cycles.
Guide students through a warm-up using movement words that are associated with a frog, jumping, hopping, swimming, leaping, splashing, etc. Use levels, directions and speeds to help them ex-plore these movements creatively.
Discuss the stages of a frog’s lifecycle, from tadpole to a full grown frog. How do the differ-ent stages look, what movements can the different stages do, where are the stages taking place, land or water or both? Guide the students to move through each stage reflecting all the information they just pro-vided. You may want to use a white board or cards the information can be printed on to help them re-member or you can call out the information to them as they move.
Have them put the stages together to make a sequence or dance. Start with them in the egg and go through all stages until they are a full grown frog. Show these to one another with music and see if you and the students can pick out all the stages as the students show their dances. What other animals or plants can you use to create a life cycle? Chicken, tree, etc.
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Lynne Larson received a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University and a MFA in Dance from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She danced professionally with Martita Goshen’s Earthworks, Repertory Dance Theatre, SBDance and Koester & Dancers. In 2007, she was named Education Director for Repertory Dance Theatre, and in 2014, Artistic Associate as well. She coordinates all arts-in-education activities for RDT, directs RDT’s annual Summerdance and Winterdance Workshops, High School and Young Dancer Summer Workshops, rehearsal directs numerous pieces in the RDT repertory and assists in artistic long range planning for the company. Lynne is an accomplished teacher of students K-professional in creative movement and modern dance. She has been a presenter for the last four years at Utah State Board of Education’s Secondary and Elementary Annual Physical Education Conferences. Lynne is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah in the School of Dance for the Teaching Methods/Pedagogy Elementary Education Classes. In 2019, she was named Dance Educator of the Year by UDEO for the Professional/Private Sector.