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lisa almand mte 537 december 20 2010

Living Healthy:Body Movement

Lisa Almand

MTE 537

December 20, 2010


This lesson is designed to teach students about their body parts and how the parts move using music and art in addition to health and physical education. The students will explore different body parts, the location of those parts, and the way those parts move. Comparisons between human and animal movements will be made. The lesson requires one 40 minute lesson.

  • Arizona Academic Standards
    • Strand 1: Concept 2: Understanding Multiple Dimensions of Health
      • PO 1. Recognize what the human body is and what it means to be healthy
  • Behavioral Objectives

- Students will create a visual representation of the human body.

- Students will recognize the difference between the ways animals move compared to the way humans move.

- Students will develop knowledge of their body parts.

  • Instructional Objectives

- The teacher will introduce parts of the body to the students and help them gain awareness of their bodies.

- The teacher will explain the differences in the way human move compared to animals.

  • Large paper for tracing body
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Animal Pictures
  • Smart Board
instructional activities
Instructional Activities
  • The students will first sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” while pointing to the appropriate body parts.
  • In small groups, the students will trace one student’s body and label the parts (head, arms, legs, feet, toes).
  • Next, students will view pictures of animals (bird, monkey, snake, elephant, rabbit, and frog) using a smart board and discuss how they move differently than humans.
instructional activities1
Instructional Activities
  • The students will then move around the room acting out the motions of different animals viewed (flying motions, jumping around, crawling, hopping etc).
extensions and variations
Extensions and Variations



Play the mannequin game in addition to or in place of the song.

Have students demonstrate typical human activities such as jogging, driving, clapping, etc. in addition to animal movements.

Individually or in pairs, students can outline a specific body part (i.e. foot or hand) and label smaller parts of the body.

  • The teacher will introduce additional body parts and how they move.
  • Student will focus on one particular body part (like the head) and discuss the names and function of the parts.
  • Teacher can enhance the body movements by incorporating games such as 3-legged race, ball throwing/kicking or body rolling.
accommodations for diverse learners
Accommodations for Diverse Learners

Special Needs Students

Gifted Students

Gifted students may created write a song about additional body parts using rhyming words.

For these students, the teacher may provide additional body parts or encourage students to use proper names (i.e. head=skull or cranium)

  • Teacher will provide specialized instructions during the song.
  • Students will be grouped with higher functioning students who can assist and guide through the activity.
  • Body movements will be adjusted to meet the needs of each physical level.



At the end of the lesson, students will play a game of similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Students will each be given an index card with body parts listed. Each student will be called on to pin their body part to a human body cutout. This could be used as an individual quiz on paper as well.

  • The teacher will use a checklist of the student’s participation, knowledge of material, fine motor skills, and group work for assessment.
  • Also, students will be evaluated through strategic question throughout the lesson.

This Body Movement lesson was designed for first grade students. When used correctly will help the students learn how their body parts move with the help of different learning styles. It reaches out to all levels of students such as gifted and at-risk . The students are given the opportunity to express themselves through dance which will help motivate them throughout the lesson and keep them engaged. Having the students interact with one another throughout the lesson will enhance participation.

References Retrieved December 14, 2010 from Elementary education teachers resources. Retrieved December 14, 2010 from