Movement composition and creativity obviously go hand-in-hand and fit perfectly under the umbrella of the 'How we express ourselves' transdisciplinary theme. As we are well into the grade 3 movement composition unit, the students have been creating a number of short mini-routines that vary in length from 20-45 seconds. What I am trying to accomplish by this is to slowly build up their understanding of the 'Creative Cycle'. I wrote about the 'Creative Cycle' and how we are applying it to the movement composition unit here.
In the last grade 3 PE class, the students had to use the 'Creative Cycle' when putting together a 22-second routine to a small part from Shakira's Waka Waka song. Before getting them started it was necessary to have a discussion about the central idea for the 'How we express ourselves' unit. The central idea for this unit is 'A work of art is the product of complex processes'.
In order to get them thinking about the central idea, I posted the following key question on the board to help stimulate discussion; How is your unit of inquiry connected with our movement composition unit in PE?
As you can see, 'Reflection' was a huge part of what we were doing. The students not only had to reflect on each stage of the creative cycle, but to also reflect on how movement composition, in general, links to their unit of inquiry. Feedback was also a huge part a the students were constantly giving feedback to each other throughout the class.
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