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Name of Activity:
The Old Brass Wagon Hoop Dance
Purpose of Activity:Direction, skipping in rhythm, right side-left side recognition, cooperation
Prerequisites:Students have worked with small groups/partners before, Skipped to a beat
Suggested Grade Level:PK-3
Materials Needed:1 Hula Hoop for every three children; washable black marker
Old Brass Wagon by Barney (PK-K)
Old Brass Wagon by Steve and Greg (We All Live Together Series) (PK-3)
Beginning dance formation:Three children for each hoop NOTE: Three (3) is good for small children/can increase number in each group according to the size hoops available
Description of Idea
NOTE TO GET STARTED: I play the music so that the students will move around. I then stop the music and call out the number three. Students know to find three people in their group as quickly as they can. This helps eliminate picky choosers. Each group gets a hoola hoop and must hold it with their left hand. I start the music again and go around and mark their left hand with a black dot.(Of course, this is for the younger kids)
Most assessment is done by just watching to see if the children are using the proper hand and skipping in the proper direction. The teacher should correct any detected problems as they occur. It is a good idea to repeat the activity the following week, without marking the child's hand with the black dot.
Adaptations for Students with Disabilities
Those children with physical disabilities might benefit from being in smaller groups, having larger hoops, walk instead of skip, etc.