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Dance your way into learning about Earth Day with the book “Earth Dance”


Language Arts  


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Title – Earth Day Celebration: Earth Dance!
By – Jodi Hough-Garlie
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects –
Grade Level – First thru Third
Name/Title: Earth Day Celebration: “Earth Dance”
Academic Content: Language Arts with physical movement incorporated.
Purpose of Event: To imitate action sentences from the book, “Earth Dance”, with the game
Move/ Freeze.

1. Explain what is Earth Day and why we celebrate it?
2. The class needs to have the book “Earth Dance”, by Joanne Ryder, read to them by the classroom teacher.

Grade Level: 2 to 3

Resources needed: “Earth Dance”, by Joanne Ryder
Large area in room or if nice go outside.

Physical Activity: Rhythmic and locomotor movements with Move/Freeze Game.


  • Cognitive: SWBAT understand and know the meaning of Earth Day and why we
    celebrate it.
  • Affective: SWBAT follow directions and rules to the Move/Freeze Game. SWBAT be
    socially conscious of Earth Day.
  • Psychomotor: SWBAT move in rhythmic and locomotor movements while playing the
    Move/Freeze game.

Motivation: The teacher will walk to the front of the class with a stick with a poker on the end, in one hand, and a garbage bag in the other while singing, “I’m going to wash that pollution right out of this earth”. (To the tune of, “I’m going to wash that man right out of my hair”)

1. Motivation – as stated above.

2. Prerequisite – Read book and explain “What is Earth Day and why we celebrate it”.

3. Explain the Move/Freeze Game rules and directions. The rules are as follows:

  • No talking/mouth sounds
  • No running
  • No climbing under or over anything
  • Hands to yourself

Directions: The teacher will say move in such a way (i.e. a happy second grader). The students will move as stated and after a few seconds the teacher will say freeze. The students should stop moving when the teachers says freeze. The students should freeze in the position that they stopped in. If the students are still moving in anyway (moving head, feet, or hands) the students that were moving will have to go to the designated “refrigerator” chill out spot for a few turns.

4. Demonstrate the Move/Freeze Game. Such as; the teacher will move around the area acting like a queen. The teacher will say freeze and stop moving and freeze in that position.

5. Do three trial runs with the students. Pick three movements that the students are familiar with. Such as; walk like you are walking through snow or act like a baby. Have students move for a few seconds then say freeze. Call the names of any students that are still moving(even wiggling hands or head turning to look at teacher). If playing the game for real these students would have to go to the “refrigerator” to chill out for a couple turns but during the trial runs they can stay. Once the three trial runs are complete then play the real thing.

6. Once they get good at different movements, start incorporating the book, “Earth Dance”. Explain to them that they will listen to a sentence of the book and once the teacher is done reading the sentence the students can move to create the sentence. Such as; “Move as if you are the earth, your arms are stretched out wide and you are slowly spinning”. Let the students move for a few seconds and say freeze.

7. Continue through the book and play the Move/Freeze Game. Every time they hear the teacher say “move” in the sentence that is their cue to get ready to play.

8. Ask students how they feel or felt as they were pretending to be the earth.

9. Conduct cognitive assessment (as follows in assessment outline.) For the affective and psychomotor the teacher will be observing throughout the game and letting other students be the reader of the “Earth Dance”. (Or caller).


  • Cognitive: Students will know the meaning of Earth Day. Each student will write a three sentence statement of what they can do to help protect the earth from pollution.
  • Affective: Students will follow rules and directions while playing the Move/Freeze Game. Students will take turns watching the class to be sure everyone is following the rules and directions. If not, students will be sent to the “refrigerator” to chill out for one to two turns. Students will actively participate in cleaning the school grounds. (Socially conscious).
  • Psychomotor: Students will play the Move/Freeze Game and move when the teacher states a movement and create the movement with their bodies. The students will freeze or stop when the teacher states freeze.

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