Living Things with Lynne

Science Standard
LS1.A Standard 2.2.4: Design a solution to a human problem by mimicking the structure and function of plants and/or animals
and how they use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Define the problem by asking questions and gathering information, convey designs through sketches, drawings, or physical models, and compare and test designs.
LS1.C: Standard K.2.1: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

Warm Up

Guide students through a warm-up using words that move and then stillness. Add levels of space (low, medium and high) and directions (forward, sideways, and backwards) and speeds (slow, medi-um and fast). Explore the different ways the body can demonstrate stillness. Work with the students on achieving a fully frozen shape eliminating even the smallest movement. Then add designs to their body, “show me a frozen shape that is straight, curved, twisted, stretchy, zig-zag, bent, wide, narrow, big, small, pointy, etc.” What is a pattern? An order of things that repeats. Discuss and then guide them through some moving examples, such as skipping, frozen straight shape, skipping, frozen straight shape.


What do living things need to make them “living”? Air, Water, food source, habitat (shelter) Make a list of living things, what are the similarities and what are the differences? Explore these things in movement. What are the patterns in the needs of living things and the places they live? Practice some of these answers in movement. What is a non-living thing? Discuss examples. Create shapes that portray non-living things.


Instruct students to select 3 of the similarities of living things in a particular habitat, such as a for-est, or desert and create their own movement pattern. Using levels, directions, speeds and shaping from the warm-up above.

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.

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