Last week, one of the ways that the students practiced working together in Drama was by learning to dance the Kinder Polka. Back in the homeroom on Monday, the students taught me the dance, too. Not only is the dance fun to perform, it also gave us a great excuse to get up and move! After teaching me the dance, we saw an opportunity to practice writing to explain. As a shared writing experience, the students and I wrote the direction for the dance:
How to Dance the Kinder Polka
Written by 2M
1. Make a large circle.
2. Put an object in the middle of the circle so that everyone knows where the middle is.
3. Turn to a partner and hold their hands. Stretch your arms out to the side.
4. Step twice towards the middle of the circle. Step at the same time at the others. Say: “Step together, and step together”.
5. Then take two steps out of the circle and say: “Step away, and step away.”
6. Do step 4 and 5 two times.
7. Turn to you partner and tap your thighs twice, clap your hands twice, and clap you partner’s hands twice, saying “Slap, slap, clap, clap, tap, tap”. Do this twice.
8. Pretend to have a disagreement with you partner. Wag your finger and shake your foot towards them, first with one hand, and then with the other.
9. Clap your partner’s hands and draw a large circle in the air with both of your hands together.
10. Turn to a new partner.
11. Repeat the steps above with your new partner.
Together, we looked at our instructions for dancing the Kinder Polka and noticed that each step was numbered, the sentences were listed rather than written as a paragraph, and that each sentence began with a verb. Next, the students set out to write the directions for making dango using the pictures of each of the steps we performed during our cooking session at ICJC, the week before. As we wrote out the steps for making dango, we revised our writing to make sure that we used the characteristics we identified for written instructions.
During Free Inquiry, many of the 2M students inquired into games around the world, and wanted to practice explaining how to play these games to their classmates. We are sure to find more opportunities for writing to explain as we teach each other how to play these games. Click on the album below to see more picture of the students exploring games from around the world.