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This lesson teaches finger movements for Spanish flamenco castanets

Subject:

P.E. & Health  

Grade:

PreK  

Title – Dances Around the World
By – Michelle Ryan
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – Pre-K

Activity:

    Flamenco finger taps

Fine Motor:

    Hand-eye coordination

Objectives:

    have children tap Spanish castanets working on small muscle movements of fingers and hands, introduction to geography

Equipment:

    Boom box, flamenco music, world map, and pictures of dancers and equipment

Procedure:

  • Each child will be given a set of castanets
  • Explain how the dancers touch their finger together to make the instrument ring
  • First have children try with just their fingers – thumb to middle finger
  • Add castanets and try ringing a few times
  • Add music and ring to the beat
  • See if children can ring castanets with fingers and stomp their feet at the same time like dancers
  • Pair children and have one child be ring the castanets while and the other stomps their feet to the beat
  • Switch actions

Assessments:

  • Are children able to put thumb and middle finger together
  • Are children able to find and name Spain on the map
  • Are children able tap fingers together with castanets
  • Are children able to stomp their feet

Children with Disabilities

    Activity can be performed if child has little or no impairment of fine motor skill function

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