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A hungry monkey get kids miming and moving in this movement story

Subjects:

Language Arts, P.E. & Health  

Grades:

1, 2, 3  

Title – Movement Stories – The Apples and the Monkey
By – Mohammed Asim Ghazi
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 1 -3

Materials Needed:

  • Gym floor or playground

Objectives:

  • This lesson develops motor skills through read-aloud stories
  • Children will identify movements thorough storytelling
  • This lesson also builds cooperative learning skills

Description of Activity:

The students pantomime the story, following the modeled movements of the teacher:

A man left home to buy some apples from an apple cart. He put the apples on a scale; the balance of the scale ticked back and forth. Then, he put the apples in a basket, placed the basket on his head and returned back home. He put the apples on a plate and went to work.

While he was gone, his pet monkey came into the room. The monkey jumped onto the table and started eating the apples. When the owner of the monkey returns, the monkey threw stones at his owner.

The owner of the monkey runs away from the stones. He shakes his fist at the monkey to scold him. The monkey scampers under the table. The monkey bends his head in shame. The man comes back and ties a leash around the monkey’s waist. The man now takes the mischievous monkey with him, whenever he leaves.

  1. A man left home to buy some apples from an apple cart. (miming)
    Stand up, move forward, and walk in place. (doing exercises)
  2. He put the apples on a scale; the balance of the scale ticked back and forth. (miming)
    Stand stretching both arms out to the side and bend left and right at the hips like the balance of a scale (doing exercises).
  3. Then, he put the apples in a basket, placed the basket on his head and returned back home. (miming)
    Stand stretching legs apart and bending the hips forward to bend down a pick up the basket. Then stretch the body and arms upward and put hands (basket) up on the head, walk in place (return home), mime placing apples on plate, and then walk in place again (went to work). (doing exercises)
  4. While he was gone, his pet monkey came into the room.
    Imitate the movement of the monkey. (miming)
    Stand on one foot, sit on four, then after sitting on both hands and feet, spring forward (doing exercises)
  5. The monkey jumped onto the table and started eating the apples. (miming)
    Stand and jump forward, then sit on all fours. (doing exercises)
  6. When the owner of the monkey returns, the monkey threw stones at his owner. (miming)
    Stand (or sit on all fours) and do an extended throwing motion repeatedly, one hand after the other. (doing exercises)
  7. The owner of the monkey runs away from the stones. He shakes his fist at the monkey to scold him. (miming)
    Run in place, shaking one fist and then the other. (doing exercises)
  8. The monkey scampers under the table. (miming)
    Run in place with bended knees. (doing exercises)
  9. The monkey bends his head in shame. (miming)
    Stand spreading the legs, bend the hips and head down, dangling the arms forward. (doing exercises)
  10. The man comes back and ties a leash around the monkey’s waist. The man now takes the mischievous monkey with him, whenever he leaves. ( miming )
    Stand and walk forward. (doing exercises )
    Stand on all fours,then move forward. (doing exercises )

Assessment:

Watch the students during performance.

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