ERIC Number: ED337753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
A Theoretical Model for Integrating Language Arts and Locomotor Movement Skills.
Kurth, R. J.; Palmer, R. M.
Body movement can be successfully integrated with language arts skills through the following six-step model: (1) begin with the auditory channel (chant the poem to the child and emphasize the sounds); (2) add rhythm (clap the beat, stressing the accents); (3) add movement (watch the execution); (4) add meaning (discuss each phrase, and use imagery and pantomime); (5) integrate language, movement and meaning (combine movement and words as the children chant the poem); and (6) read the poem. The movements used in the above six stages are the basic locomoter skills: walking, running, marching, jumping, hopping, leaping, skipping, galloping, and sliding. By knowing how to properly execute and teach these movements, teachers can help young children to integrate them with language arts, and thus communicate better. (Twenty-one "poetry for movement" examples are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Great Lakes Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (9th, Grand Rapids, MI, October 17-19, 1991).