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Activity: Armadillo

Objective:

to act out movements without language

Materials:

1 armadillo picture  per whole group
1 small piece of material or scarf  per learner
1 small toy or wooden block  per learner
(Optional)  1 soothing music  per whole group
(Optional)  1 audio device  per whole group

Supporting Media:

Prep:

  • Gather materials.
  • Print supporting media.

Instructions:

  1. Totetude Yoga Warm-up
  2. Show the learners a picture of an armadillo and discuss what they see.
  3. Discuss interesting facts about armadillos: a) Frightened armadillos can jump 3 to 4 feet in the air; b) Armadillos are excellent swimmers and diggers; c) Armadillos can hold their breath for up to 6 minutes; d) Armadillos mostly eat ants and insects; e) Armadillos protect themselves with the bony shield on their back;  and f) Armadillos have poor eyesight.  
  4. Play soothing music and have the learners move around their space as an armadillo.
  5. To clam down, have the learners find a spot on the floor and lie down.  Practice breathing with a small toy or wooden block on their chest.  Have them watch as the toy rises and falls with each breath. 

Reflections:

  • I am able to act out movements of an armadillo.
  • I am able to remember activities that calm me down.
  • I am able to position myself without bothering others.

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Time:

Prep
0-15 minutes
Engagement
20-30 minutes
Cleanup
0-10 minutes

Location:

  • Open Area

Meta:

Theme
Safety
Multiple Intelligence
Bodily-Kinesthetic
Bloom Taxonomy
Create
Instructional Strategy
Experiential Learning
Subject
Physical Education and Health
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