SHAPE Lesson 1 – Creative Energy Photos



Creative Energy Photos

Grade 2

Lynne Larson

Utah State Standards Fine Arts: Create, Perform/Present, Respond, Connect/Analyze

PE Standards: Strand 1, Strand 2, Strand $


Learning/Language Objectives: Experience difference energies in movement, isolations of the body, patterning, and use of descriptive language, Dance Element—Energy


Materials needed: Photos of Nature, drum, music, (optional paper and pencil)


Introduction: Class expectations (Good listening, following directions, be creative, be active), Space boundaries, personal boundaries, goals for class today


Warm-Up: Students will explore isolations of body parts to create a sequence of movement traveling down the body. Begin with just movement of the head. Select a student  and have the others match how the student’s head is moving. Continue this moving down the body (shoulders, arms, torso, legs, feet), adding each isolation to the one before to create a isolation sequence.  Next add some music and add traveling to a new location in the room when a name/isolation is called out.  Encourage different levels and movement other than walking to travel.


Investigation: Show an energy photo (fireworks), ask students, without a word to show a movement on a signal that would describe the energy in the photo they saw.  Give the signal (drum beat).  Once the movement is shown, ask students for words that describe their movement and also the photo.  Repeat this experience with 2 other photos of contrasting energy, for example, clouds and ocean waves.


Create: Divide students into pairs.  Give each group 2 different photos.  Instruct students to create movement from the energy of the photo and a shape.  Put the results from the photos into an A/B pattern.


Reflect: Students perform their patterns to music or accompaniment for each other.  Audience members have the chance to try and guess which photos were used by each group.


Extension to the Lesson: Add pathways to the students patterns. Straight, curved and zig-zag.  Each part of the energy pattern could have a different pathway to travel the students through the space.  If there is time, students could utilize paper and pencil and draw a map of their pathways in the room.

RDT appreciates the generous funding provided by the Utah Legislature and the Utah Board of Education that help make our Arts-in-Education Programs possible in Utah's Public Schools.

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