Animal Movement Cards with Laban Efforts

Grade Levels
PreK - 3rd
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20 pages
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Movements cards to get the imagination flowing while using specific Laban efforts. Great for brain breaks and focused movement. Opposites like high/low, bound/loose, smooth/bumpy can be used for stationary or locomotor movements, seated or standing. 24 color cards, 24 low-ink B&W cards with no background.

Suggestions for Use:

  1. Put on your favorite freeze dance music and ask students to freeze in the animal shape represented on the displayed card.
  2. Display a card and ask students to dance/move in a way that matches the animal movement on the card.
  3. Display 2 cards and ask students to dance/move in a way that represents one animal card, then freeze in a position that represents the other animal card.
  4. Play music with contrasting sections. Display 2 cards and ask students to change their movements based on the changing music.
  5. Play music with contrasting sections. Display 2 cards and ask students to choose one for locomotor movement and one for stationary movement. For example, using the rabbit/elephant cards, perhaps students would walk with heavy footsteps then lightly hop in place.

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Total Pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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